The International Falls Post 66 legion baseball team is 7-3 following a 10-4 victory against the Ely Timberwolves Tuesday evening.
- Tucker Hell - 3 runs, 3 hits and 2 RBI
- Joe Glowack - 2 runs, 2 hits and 1 RBI
- Riley Larson - 1 run, 2 hits and 1 RBI
The winning pitcher was Riley Larson, who allowed six hits and recorded two strikeouts in five innings pitched.
The Broncos started Tuesday's game hot, netting five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The scoring started when Tucker Hell hit a hard ground ball to the Timberwolf pitcher, allowing Joe Glowack to advance home.
This was followed up by Riley Larson scoring on a Timberwolf error.
Bryant Koenig hit a fly ball but advanced to first on an error, the resulting confusion led to Hell, Anthony Saari and Trimble Butler all reaching home to give the Broncos a 5-0 lead heading into the second inning.
However, the Broncos found difficulty finding the same success at the plate in the innings that followed. They were able to get runners on base, but were unable to get consecutive hits to bring those runners home.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolf offense started to chip away at the Bronco lead, getting a single run in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.
Head coach Dieter Humbert said the biggest cause of the Broncos' struggles Tuesday was the team feeling complacent after their big first inning.
"It's all a matter of focus," he said. "The kids think a five-run lead is insurmountable, but in baseball no lead is comfortable."
The Broncos' slump came to an end in the fifth inning, when Bradyn Dremmel hit a sac-bunt to bring Hell home.
The Broncos kept the scoring going in the fifth when Glowack hit a hard ground ball towards center field, advancing Butler.
Larson then hit a double towards center field, bringing home Glowack to put the Broncos up 8-4.
The Broncos got their last two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth, starting when Garrett Koenig advanced home after a bunt hit by Hell.
This was capped with a big line drive hit by Owen Wherley into center field allowed Hell to advance home.
After getting two walks, pitcher Blaine Humbert helped give the Broncos the three outs needed in the seventh to pick up the victory.
Humbert said the victory stemmed from the Broncos' aggression in the later innings of the ballgame.
"This team knows how to manufacture runs," he said. "We move runners, we steal bases and we can bunt well."
Humbert went on to say he was proud of his team's great start to the season.
"I told them they're growing up before our eyes," he said. "They're a young group but they are starting to merge as a team."
The Broncos notched another win at home Wednesday when they shutout the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears 7-0.
Stat leaders for Wednesday's game were:
- Joe Glowack - 1 run, 2 hits and 3 RBI
- Riley Larson - 2 hits and 2 RBI
- Bradyn Dremmel - 2 runs and 1 hit
- Jett Tomczak - 1 run, 1 hit and 1 RBI
Winning pitcher was Joe Talmage, who allowed only three hits in six innings pitched.
The Broncos were also back on the field Friday when they traveled to take on the Albany Huskies, the results of which were unavailable at press time.