Scoring 13 runs in one inning is an aberration for any baseball team. The Riverside-Brookfield High School baseball team produced such a rare frame against St. Patrick Saturday at Ehlert Park in Brookfield.
When the wreckage cleared in the bottom of the second, RBHS scored 13 runs on eight hits, four walks and two errors. That provided more than enough offense as the Bulldogs routed St. Patrick 13-3 in a nonconference game.
“It was nice to see our club go down 3-0 and bounce back in the same inning to score 13 runs,” RBHS coach Dallas Till said. “The entire lineup contributed offensively and I felt we executed when the situation called for it.”
St. Patrick briefly led 3-0 after the top of the second inning. First baseman Isaiah Lebron singled in a run and catcher Jonathan Montalvo added a two-RBI double to establish an early lead for the Shamrocks.
Momentum shifted quickly as St. Patrick pitcher Tommy Busam experienced a nightmarish bottom half of the inning against RBHS.
The Bulldogs (15-7-1, 6-4 Metro Suburban Conference) started their merry-go-round inning with three straight singles to load the bases. Freshman catcher Mike Schicker drew a walk to get RBHS on the board. A wild pitch, followed by an RBI single from left fielder Pablo Hernandez, tied the game at 3-3.
Still with no outs, Jarod Turina took a walk to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead. Ryan Cermak and Howie Hatton followed with RBI singles and Asher Runyan Randruut drove in two more runs with a double, building the Bulldogs’ advantage to 8-3.
St. Patrick reliever Nathan Huzenis didn’t fare much better, allowing five more runs. Matt Armenta and Turina provided a two-RBI single each to finish off the onslaught.
RBHS senior shortstop Kyle Fitzgerald, second baseman John Kosner, Armenta and Runyan Randruut paced the offense with two hits apiece.
“It was a big win for us,” Fitzgerald said. “We needed this victory to boost our team’s profile for the playoffs.
“The remainder of the regular season will be hectic. Since we are only projected to get 28 games in, we will be pretty busy. We need to lock in and finish the season strong.”
The teams went scoreless the rest of the way as the hard-throwing Runyan Randruut earned the win. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
“Asher was outstanding on the mound,” Schicker said. “He had had one of his best starts of the year. He has been extremely consistent and always gives his all on the mound.”
Bulldogs postseason outlook
While the Bulldogs have talent, landing in the Class 4A playoffs doesn’t help their odds of an extended stay. Annual powerhouse teams like Mount Carmel, St. Rita, St. Laurence, Brother Rice and Lyons Township join RBHS in the St. Laurence Sectional draw
“As always, our primary focus is to improve every time we take the field either in practice or games,” Till said. “We also want to be playing our best baseball at the end of the season. My expectations are that we respect our opponents and the game at all times and hopefully it translates to victories.”
Regardless of the teams they could face in the state playoffs, RBHS remains optimistic.
“I think we have a great shot at going really deep into the playoffs,” Schicker said. “The coaches have really been putting in the effort to get us more games to make us better.”
The pitching staff of Cermak, Turina and Runyan Randruut should help RBHS. Fitzgerald anchors a solid infield, including Hatton at first base, Kosner at second and Randruut or Cermak at third.
“We have had trends this season,” Fitzgerald said. “We were rolling at the start of the season and then had a stretch that was a bit more challenging as we were trying to find our identity. I believe we are back on track now by getting some solid victories.”
RBHS closes out the regular season with six of eight games on the road. The only games at Ehlert Park are against Morton on May 10 and against Wheaton Academy on May 16. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.