The Bridgeport Bulls’ bats picked the perfect time to come alive Saturday.
Needing a win to force a playoff with Decatur for the third playoff spot out of District 7-3A, the Bulls (20-7, 6-4) pounded out 14 hits in a 14-1 victory over the Castleberry Lions.
“The kids responded well knowing the situation. If we lost we were out of the playoffs,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps.
Four Bulls finished with multiple hits, led by Reese Read, who went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two doubles. Omar Martinez added a pair of doubles and drove in three runs. Dillon Waldrep was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Bridgeport scored two in the first and broke the game open with nine in the third. The Bulls closed the game with a three-run fifth.
On the mound, Read limited the Lions to one run on three hits in five innings. He struck out seven.