Bombers tip Barnum 3-2

Casey Grell limited Barnum to 1 hit and 2 walks over 7 innings, striking out 7 in the May 7 victory.

Braham Baseball picked up a pair of non-conference victories the past week to improve its overall record to 8-3 on the season, keeping them among the win leaders in the Section 5A standings.

On May 7, the Bombers held for an efficient 3-2 win over visiting Barnum on the home field. Starting pitcher Casey Grell gave up a leadoff triple which turned into a run for the northern Bombers, then he settled in to toss a great complete game.

He helped his cause by singling and scoring to tie the game at 1-1 in the first. Braham got two gift runs in the third when a two-out fly to left was droppped,  allowing them to take a 3-1 lead. In the top of the fourth, Barnum scratched out a run on a leadoff walk and later sacrifice fly.

Nick Hammond notched a put out at 1B as the Bomber defense backed up Grell's pitching performance May 7.

After that walk, Grell ended up retiring 15 straight batters including notching a “mow em’ down” fifth inning where he struck out the side with his curve ball. Tyler Vaughan helped out his pitcher with a nice running catch in the left-center gap in the top of the sixth.

“Casey did a great job keeping the Barnum kids off-balance with his mix and finished with seven strikeouts,” complimented Braham Coach Aitor Leniz.

The Bombers finished with just 4 hits in the win as the Barnum pitcher forced several groundball outs with the wind blowing in from center over the soft field.

• On May 5, Braham rallied for a 6-5 home win over Legacy Christian, with Nick Hammond getting the win on the mound.

• Braham’s May 3 home game with Hinckley-Finlayson was rescheduled to May 17 due to wet field conditions. Likewise, the annual night game set for May 8 at Rush City was post-poned; no make-up date set yet.

The Bombers need a strong run this week to stay in the GRC race with conference games against East Central May 10, Onamia May 14 and Pine City May 15.

GRC Baseball:  Aitkin 8-0, 13-2; Hinckley-Fin. 5-1, 7-6; Braham 5-2, 8-3; Isle 6-3, 7-5; Ogilvie 4-4, 4-5; Pine City 4-4, 4-7; Onamia 2-6, 3-9; Rush City 2-8, 2-8; East Central 0-8, 0-9.