The Bruins Red team began their season playoffs on Monday with an 8-0 shutout victory over Twin Valley.
Boyertown started the game by loading the bases with no outs, but Twin Valley pitcher Seth Reigner countered with three strikeouts to shut down the effort in the first. Twin Valley also retired scoreless after a 5-pitch bottom of the first. Both teams remained scoreless through three innings.
Trey Beaver scored the game’s first run in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice bunt by Dan Purnell. In the bottom of the fourth, Twin Valley’s leadoff hitter reached first on a solid hit, but was put out on a steal attempt by a precise throw from catcher Purnell.
Boyetown’s lead was expanded to 3-0 in the top of the fifth with an RBI single by Brian Mogel to score Tom Zimmers and Tyler Collins, and to 4-0 in the sixth with Gary Kluk knocking in Jake Salkovitz.
In the bottom of the sixth, Twin Valley threatened when leadoff hitter Blake Morgan reached first on an error, but Boyertown’s solid defense returned by setting down the next three batters to end the inning. Boyertown finished with a strong seventh inning, with 4 runs scored by Chris Ross, Tom Zimmers, Brian Mogel, and Gary Kluk, including an RBI by Dan Purnell.
Mogel was apprehensive on starting the game after throwing 114 pitches against Spring Township on Friday, but went the length of the game, turning in a two-hit shutout.