Bruins survive sloppy opener

Sunday, April 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:34 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

What Rock Bridge used for its profit nearly cost it a season-opening loss.

After several Blue Springs South errors gave the Bruins a fourth-inning lead, they responded in kind, committing a few. Rock Bridge held on and beat the short-handed Jaguars 4-3 on Saturday at Rock Bridge Stadium.

The Bruins (1-0) committed five errors and the Jaguars (2-3), who were without four starters because of ACT testing, committed four.

“It was frustrating,” Bruins third baseman Chase Patton said. “There were situations where we could have not had the bases loaded and (pitcher Andy Burks) got us out of that. We’ve got to work together. If somebody makes an error, and it’s going to happen every now and then, we’ve got to do whatever we can to overcome that.”

Tied at 1, Rock Bridge scored three runs in the fourth inning. Chris Nichols opened with a double and scored when shortstop Kevin Moberg overthrew first base on a Marcus Himmelberg ground ball.

David Hall walked and eventually scored on Bret Harvel’s bad pickoff throw to first base. Scott Dunwoody added an RBI single.

In the top of the fifth, Jaguars leadoff hitter Pat McCoy was hit by a pitch and scored when right fielder Johnny Kruse dropped Greg Leven’s line drive. Three batters later, Patton missed a fly ball at third base, loading the bases. Leven scored on Gary Lumby’s RBI single.

Burks struck out Kyle Pudenz and got Brent Dein to ground out to end the inning.

“We had that one inning where they could have gone haywire,” Jaguars coach Richard Wood said. “They could have scored a lot of runs, but we held them. We came in, scored two and had the chance to score more, we just didn’t do it.”

Burks pitched six innings and threw 91 pitches. He struck out seven, walked two, gave up three hits and didn’t allow any earned runs.

Ryan Concannon pitched the seventh inning for the save.

“We had a few errors, but we pulled everything together and did a good job,” Nichols said. “We didn’t let the errors bother us, and we kept playing.”

Nichols went 3-for-3 and was a home run away from the cycle. Concannon added three singles and Patton went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI.

Blue Springs South’s other run came in the second inning when Patton overthrew Taylor Drennan at first base.

Patton said his errors came from adjusting to a new position and aiming his throws to first base. He played first base last season.

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