Posted: 8:52 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blue Devils rise up, thump Franklin 7-2

By Rick Cassano

Staff Writer


Brookville High School’s baseball team turned in a nice reversal effort Wednesday at Franklin Community Park.

The Blue Devils, 10-0 run-rule losers to Franklin on April 11, took the Wildcats down 7-2 behind a six-hitter from Tyler Brophy.

“It’s baseball. Different day, different game,” said Franklin coach Jake Long, whose squad slipped to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division.

“Watch those guys on TV making $10 million a year. They’re good one day and bad the next. Give Brookville the credit. They came here to win, and they did it.”

Michael Lander and Harry Hall drove in two runs apiece for the Blue Devils (6-12, 2-7), while Lane Stevenson and Dylan Wilkerson both contributed two hits and an RBI. Brad Cox also plated a run.

“They hit us real well the last time, and we hit the ball right at them,” Brookville coach Mike Birdsall said. “Today, things fell with guys on base. That’s what we haven’t been doing, and that makes all the difference in the world.”

Brophy didn’t allow an earned run. He struck out six and walked two.

It was a 1-1 contest until the Blue Devils took control with a four-run fourth inning. Lander’s two-run double off Jake Riddell was the big blow.

“Our hitting really got us going, and I felt really good out there,” Brophy said. “I felt like my curveball was working a little today. I was throwing a tailing fastball and a straight fastball, and they were working too.”

Riddell, the Wildcats’ leadoff hitter, lined a single off Brophy’s right leg in the first inning, but it didn’t deter the sophomore right-hander. Wednesday marked his third straight complete-game victory.

“I’m hoping I have laces,” said Brophy, pointing at his leg. “It was a little bit of dead leg, but I got over it. I had great defense behind me.”

Riddell went the distance on the mound for Franklin, pitching a nine-hitter. Justin King had an RBI double for the hosts, who have lost three of their last four games, yet still trail only one team (8-0 Bellbrook) in the Southwestern Division.

“We’ve got to stop the bleeding, and we’ve got a tough week,” said Long, whose team heads to Vandalia Butler today. “The good thing about baseball is you don’t have to think about it for a week. You’ve got to have a short memory. Hopefully our guys will go home, forget about it and show up tomorrow.”

Brookville will visit Valley View on Friday.

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