Low and away.
That’s the rule pitcher Michael Coleman stuck to in the season opener against Gothenburg Saturday.
The philosophy didn’t steer him wrong. Broken Bow cruised to a 10-0 victory behind Coleman’s 10 strikeouts.
Coleman’s confidence in his arm didn’t leave him surprised at his stellar outing.
“It was nice because I didn’t have to throw a lot of curve balls. I just threw a lot of fastballs low and away and they couldn’t handle it.”
While striking out 10, Coleman was also extremely efficient, allowing no walks and only giving up two hits in his five innings of work.
Broken Bow was dangerous at the plate as well. Their 10 runs came off of 10 hits and they drove in seven RBIs.
Shortstop Kirby Pomplun reached base on all four of his plate appearances, tallying four singles on the day.
He also had three of the team’s seven RBIs.
Pomplun was quick to credit the energy of the entire team for his success at the plate.
“It’s not so much about me,” said Pomplun. “The whole team had great enthusiasm and a lot of energy. We came out and we had no errors. That’s pretty good for the first game of the season.”
Centerfielder Justin McCullough had a strong day at the plate as well, going 2-4 and scoring two runs.
Second baseman Chad Christensen had one hit in his three at-bat. He also pitched the sixth inning in mop-up duty, striking out all three batters he faced.
The team also owned Gothenburg on the basepaths. 5 players had at least one stolen base and they ended upwith a total of 11.
Pomplun lead the way with four stolen bases while McCullough nabbed three bases. Caleb Dodge totaled two stolen bases while Christensen and Jake McCormick each stole one.
Coach Jerry Pomplun was happy with the way his team played in the season opener.
“I was totally pleased for the first game,” said Pomplun. When your pitcher throws strikes like that, things work.”
While there were a lot of positive things, Pomplun believes that his team could even perform better at the plate.
“We’re going to see some tougher pitching,” Pomplun said. “I’d like to see some better at-bats moving forward. Our pitch selection wasn’t very good today for the most part. That will get better with some game experience.”
around the greens, then we should have a shot at making state as a team next year.”
With the rest of the team joining Johnson and Miller the day after the state tournament, it appears that the team is already putting the right foot forward.
Broken Bow continued their hot start to the season on Tuesday night with another dominating performance.
The team recorded 17 runs on 18 hits and finished with a 17-0 victory.
The game ended after five innings due to the rule stating that if one team is up by 10 or more runs after five innings, the game is over.
Pomplun pitched four of the five innings, recording 7 strikeouts while only allowing one hit. He did give up two walks and hit one batter.
Christensen came in again for mop-up duty, pitching the final inning and striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Coming off the win against Gothenburg, coach Jerry Pomplun wanted to see better pitch selection and better at-bats from his liineup.
“We’re still striking out a little too, much but we did swing the bat a lot better tonight,” Pomplun said.
While the bats have come alive, Pomplun has been even more impressed at the team’s pitching.
“We’ve been pitching excellent,” Pomplun said. “We struck out nine more batters tonight, so that means the other team only put the ball in play six times.”
The extra-base hits came in bunches for Broken Bow. They had five players record at least one double. Pomplun finished the game with 3 doubles as part of a 4-5 plate performance on the night.
Doubles were also recorded by McCullough, Jake McCormick, Derek McCormick and Caleb Dodge who had one a piece.
This year’s team includes six players in the starting lineup that were on the team last season.
“Having those guys come back really helps us,” Jerry Pomplun said. “They already know the system and what it takes to be successful.
Dodge and Ben Nelson we’re also on the roster last season, but missed significant time due to injuries.
In the coming weeks, Broken Bow will have to overcome some abscences from the team in order to stay successful.
Derek McCormick will miss three weeks of action due to being a member of the National guard and having to leave town for training needed to move up in rank.
Dodge will miss time due to a baseball camp in Florida.