Another game, another win for the Bradford baseball team.

The Red Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in a non-conference game at Wilmot on Saturday afternoon, then scored three runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good in a 6-4 victory.

Bradford is now 7-0 after sweeping Oak Creek in a Southeast Conference doubleheader Friday.

“We had to fight hard to earn the win against a solid Wilmot team,” Bradford coach Matt LaBuda said. “... It’s difficult to pull together and play with high intensity after a long day of doubleheader baseball like we (had Friday).

“Next up is a great test for us against a solid Tremper team.”

Drew Knecht and Mikey Schroer each had two hits and scored a run for the Red Devils, while Spencer Lehmann doubled, walked three times and drove in three runs.

Lehmann also got the win, allowing three runs (all unearned) on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in five innings.

Jared Bonofiglio allowed two hits and a run in two innings to get the save.

Wilmot, meanwhile, dropped its fourth straight to fall to 2-5.

Leadoff hitter Leo Falletti went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Zack Watson was 3-for-4 at the bottom of the order and Tanner Peterson drove in two runs.

“Offensively, we are hitting the ball, but we are having a hard time putting runs on the board,” Wilmot coach Josh Pye said. “We were able to put runners on every inning and put ourselves in scoring position.”

St. Joseph 12, Martin Luther 4;

St. Joseph 17, SWCHA 2

The Lancers won both games of a non-conference doubleheader at Simmons Field.

“The team really came to play today,” St. Joseph coach Joe Gricar said. “It can be tough to get going during a Saturday morning doubleheader, but the players met the challenge and excelled.

“... Our offense has been our strength so far throughout this young season, and if we can tighten up our defense a bit, we will be very competitive every game.”

No individual statistics were provided.


Tremper 14, Union Grove 7;

Tremper 9, Union Grove 1

The host Trojans’ bats remained hot as they improved to 6-0 by sweeping the non-conference doubleheader.

Tremper had 16 hits in the first game and scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Kelsey Cantrell led the offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Emmie Cibrario, Sam Pendleton, Brooke Lange, Erica Schroeder and Gabby Gauss each had two hits and combined for seven RBI and seven runs.

Hailey Crabtree, meanwhile, scored three runs and drove in one.

Schroeder got the win in the circle, allowing six hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

In the second game, Tremper batted as the visiting team and got going right away with three runs in the top of the first.

Crabtree finished 3-of-4 with a run and three RBI, while Cibrario, Cantrell and Kayla Freiberg all had two hits and combined for five runs and an RBI.

Abbey Miller went the distance in the circle in her first start of the season. She walked three and struck out five.

“The highlight was Abby Miller in the circle for Game 2,” Tremper coach Dan Truttschel said. “Abbey is a four-year varsity player who pitched a lot before high school but has anchored the high school team at first base.

“She was willing to jump into starting in Game 2, and she was absolutely outstanding.”

Bradford 12, Burlington 0 (5 inn.);

Bradford 7, Whitnall 4

The host Red Devils notched a pair of non-conference wins at Bullen Middle School.

It took a rally in the second game against Whitnall, ranked No. 2 in Division-2 in the inaugural state coaches poll.

Whitnall led 3-0 in the first and 4-3 in the fifth, but Bradford (5-3) escaped a big inning in the fifth when first baseman Jenna Schnabel made what Bradford coach John P. Ruffolo called “a phenomenal over-the-shoulder catch” with two outs and the bases loaded.

Livie Lehmann singled in Alyssa McClelland in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 4-4, then Sydney Strelow stroked an RBI double and McClelland ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to break it open.

Kylar Broesch started, and Lehmann worked two innings of scoreless relief for the win.

There was no need to rally in the opener against Burlington, as the Red Devils went up 3-0 in the first on Jadynn Powell’s bases-loaded triple.

The lead went to 7-0 in the third on Strelow’s leadoff home run and triples by Broesch and Powell, then it swelled to 12-0 in the fifth on Broesch’s two-run double, Powell’s third consecutive triple and Lehmann’s homer.

Powell drove in five runs, Chloe Garofalo added a pair of hits and Lehmann worked a five-inning shutout, striking out four while walking one and allowing five hits.

“We weren’t flawless today, but we played aggressive, clutch softball,” Ruffolo said. “This was the kind of physical, explosive attack we thought we could have this year. It felt great to put it all together against two outstanding teams.”

Mike Johnson