Braham Baseball overcame an early 3-0 deficit to visiting Aitkin by continually battling in an 8-6 victory April 21. The win was a 2-point game in the Great River standings for the Bombers since they only play the Gobblers once this season, with the next 2-pointer coming on the road at Isle April 26.
Cory Ambrose rallied on the mound after getting tagged for 5 hits and 3 runs in the second. Ambrose lasted 6 2/3s innings by leaning on his curveball. Aitkin scored 3 unearned runs in the top of the seventh when Mike Strelow relieved Ambrose and ended the game with powering fastball strikeout.
“As cold as the weather was it was pretty tough to hang on to the ball at first, but throughout the game the grip improved. The only thing that was working for me today was my curveball because I couldn’t throw a strike with my fastball. Good thing I have a curveball,” laughed Ambrose after the win.
Ambrose in the leadoff spot was also a great instigator on offense. He was hit by a pitch in the third inning and induced a balk at third which scored him to tie the game at 3-3. The Bombers took the lead for good with a two-out rally in the fourth when No. 9 hitter Casey Grell and Ambrose singled, then Kyle Grell doubled over the right fielder’s head to drive in both runs.
Braham added huge insurance runs in the sixth when Casey Grell led off with double down the left-field line and Ambrose dropped down a perfect bunt which turned into an E-5 with Grell scoring. Kyle Grell and Nick Hammond later walked, then two more runs scored on Sam Stigen’s grounder to third which the Gobblers threw away again.
Braham 5-0, 6-0; East Central 3-1, 5-1; Aitkin 3-2, 4-2; Pine City 2-2, 2-2; Ogilvie 2-3, 2-3; Isle 1-2, 1-2; Hinckley-Fin. 1-2, 1-2. Rush City 1-3, 1-3; Onamia 0-3, 0-4.