Brocchini’s arm, bat lift Summerville over Bret Harte

By The Union Democrat Sports Department March 26, 2013 05:09 pm

Summerville's Joey Brocchini (above) deals on Friday against Bret Harte in Angels Camp. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
Summerville right-hander Joey Brocchini went the distance Friday, striking out seven and allowing no earned runs to lead the Bears to a 7-1 baseball victory over the Bret Harte Bullfrogs in Angels Camp.

“I was really impressed by him (Brocchini),” said Bears head coach Larry Gold. “He started off without the control he probably wanted but was able to battle back.”

Brocchini also hit well against the Bullfrogs going 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI.

Both teams were without a run through four innings before Summerville broke through for three in the top of the fifth. The Bullfrogs scored their lone run of the game also in the fifth.

Despite the loss, Bret Harte head coach Zack Abernathy was pleased with Bullfrog lefty Mike McCullough, who threw a complete game with five strikeouts and also surrendered zero earned runs.

“We just made too many mistakes to win the game,” Abernathy said. “This was a tough loss because we got such a great effort from Mike McCullough on the mound.

“Summerville’s Brocchini had a great game on the mound, too. They just made less mistakes and out hit us.”

Summerville had eight hits to Bret Harte’s four. The Bears also made three errors while the Bullfrogs had five.

“As the season progresses, we will get better and the errors will diminish,” Abernathy said. “We need to clean up our play because we give teams too many opportunities.”

Bear slugger Colton Ebbers contributed to Summerville’s three-run fifth inning with an RBI, but came up big with two more in sixth inning to give his team a commanding 5-1 lead. 

“With two runners on base, (Ebbers) hit one into short right field that landed,” Gold said. “He tried to stretch a single into a double and got thrown out at second, but two runs scored.”

The Bears scored two more runs in the top of the final inning to ice the victory.

“They held us to no runs until the fifth inning, so they were playing us tough,” Gold said of the Bullfrogs. “We just capitalized on a couple of errors off infield hits and that will happen to a young team.”

Summerville (4-7, 1-0 MLL) next hosts Argonaut at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, in its second MLL matchup of the season. The Bears then travel to Jackson Thursday to face the Mustangs at their home field.

“You always want to start off the league season with a win and, fortunately, we were able to do that,” Gold said. “But we got a tough week coming up. We have Argonaut first and we saw the score between them and Bret Harte (15-0 Bullfrog loss), so we know they can play.

“Even though it’s spring break, our guys need to keep a right frame of mind and come out with wins.”