The Bulls beat the Mineral Wells Rams 13-6 in seven innings Monday night. Bridgeport took advantage of several mistakes made by the Rams defense to rack up the runs.
Bridgeport (9-1) jumped ahead by two in the bottom of the second inning with a deep center field double by Damian Degallo that brought in runners Omar Martinez and Dillon Waldrep.
“Their pitcher was giving us the base basically,” Bridgeport coach Tedd Lepps said. “He was one-looking us, and we work on those things in practice. When the pitcher doesn’t hold us on very well, we’re going to steal even though we are not very fast at all.”
The big hit of the night came via a long home run slammed down the leftfield line by Omar Martinez in the bottom of the fourth. Martinez hit the lone home run of the night and batted in both Dalton Hudson and Jake Hulsey.
“Martinez broke the game open, and he has done that all year,” Lepps said. “That is what we look for out of our four hole hitters is to knock runs in.”
The Rams answered quickly with a double of their own to center field to tie up the ballgame, followed by another double that brought two more Rams back to the dugout. Mineral Wells scored a final third-inning run on a wild pitch that skirted Bulls’ catcher Waldrep’s glove.
Mineral Wells’ lead wouldn’t last long as the Bulls charged in to take back control in the bottom of the third. The Rams’ defense lost control of the ball and missed several opportunities to shut down the Bulls.
Alex Samples made his way across home plate after Mineral Wells’ right fielder let Reese Read’s high fly ball miss his glove. Waldrep batted in the tying run and leading scorers with a triple to center field. The Rams’ center fielder missed his catch allowing Waldrep to make his way to third.
Waldrep didn’t wait for a base hit to go home. Erik Degado was nearly caught stealing second, but the Rams’ second baseman missed his connection from the pitcher. With a loose ball in play, Waldrep ran home. This was followed shortly by Degallo stealing third and then coming home when the Rams third baseman failed to snatch up the catcher’s toss.
The Rams would only get one more run in the fourth. The Bulls would go on to score three runs in the fourth and another three in the sixth to lock up the win.
Bridgeport has dropped only one game, to the Princeton Panthers, and will face them again in Princeton’s tournament starting Friday. Lepps said the Bulls are prepping for district play that starts in two weeks.