COLUMBIA — Thursday’s baseball game between the Rock Bridge and Francis Howell certainly did not go according to plan.
The game was supposed to start at 5 p.m., but after an hour-long rain delay and another wait for the umpires to show up at Rock Bridge Field, the game didn’t start until nearly 7 p.m.
The game was also supposed to be competitive. Rock Bridge and Francis Howell had matching 22-2 records entering the contest.
But, someone forgot to tell that to John Miles.
Miles pitched a complete game and went 2-for-2 at the plate while also reaching on a walk and an error in the Bruins' 13-3 six-inning victory.
After getting off to a slow start because of the delay, Miles got comfortable around the third inning and ended the game with eight strikeouts.
“It just kind of sucked because we were all just waiting,” he said. “When I saw that umpire coming up, I threw like three warm-up pitches. I probably was stale and cold.”
But, he soon found his groove.
“My changeup was on fire,” he said. “They didn’t touch it once.”
Rock Bridge coach Justin Towe said the Bruins relied on Miles’ confidence in a game against a powerful opponent.
“He doesn’t care who he goes against,” Towe said.
Because of the late start, a cold mist hung above the grass on the field by the sixth inning. Ironically, that’s exactly when the Bruins’ bats started heating up, sealing the victory against the Vikings with an eight-run effort in the bottom of the sixth.
“We got hot right when we needed to get hot,” Towe said.
The victory was important for Miles, who said he felt somewhat disrespected by Francis Howell.
“For the most part, they look at us and think, ‘Oh, Columbia, what do they know about baseball?’” he said. “It’s sort of a superiority thing.”
He said the Bruins’ victory tonight was extra-sweet.
“It feels good to beat those guys,” he said.
Rock Bridge improved to 23-2 with the victory, and Francis Howell fell to 22-3. The Bruins are set to play next at 5 p.m. Monday against Hickman at Rock Bridge Field.