A dormant Rock Bridge team, emerged from its losing skid in atypical fashion.
It didn’t need many extra-base hits. There weren’t any towering home runs.
Instead, the Bruins cut back on errors and received efficient hitting from the bottom part of their lineup in a 10-3 win against Fulton on Monday at Rock Bridge Stadium.
The win ended a five-game losing streak for Rock Bridge (12-7, 6-1 North Central Missouri Conference).
“I think that was one of the better games we played,” Rock Bridge coach Terry Whitney said. “We had good pitching, I thought our pitching was good and a lot of good two-out hits. That’ll win a lot of games.”
Making his first start since returning from right knee surgery, Rock Bridge pitcher Chris Nichols surrendered a run in the first inning. The Bruins responded with six runs in the bottom of first.
No. 9 hitter David Hall had a two-out, two-run single as Rock Bridge sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning.
Leadoff batter Johnny Kruse had two hits in the inning, including a double and an RBI.
Fulton (8-9, 3-4) had the bases loaded with one out in the second inning, but Ryan Jacobs lined into a 4-6 double play.
Nichols, who missed more than a month with a meniscus tear, earned the win, walking four batters and allowing three runs in three innings of work.
Scott Reller pitched three innings of relief and gave up one hit. Chase Patton pitched the seventh.
“I feel like I could have done a little better,” Nichols said. “I had a lot of things on my mind coming back. I mean it’s been tough. I haven’t got to pitch in a while.”
Nichols’ performace encouraged Whitney.
“He pitched Saturday for one inning, but he hasn’t pitched that many pitches in a long time and I thought he did fine,” Whitney said. “He’s just got to get back into pitching shape again.”
Hall added an RBI single with two outs in the third.
In the fourth inning, No. 6 hitter Andy Burks had a two-out, two-run single.
“We were all trying to pick (Nichols) up, especially when you’ve got guys in scoring position, and with a couple outs, you just kind of want to get the last couple of runs in there for a little more support, a little more cushion for later in the game,” Hall said.
Missouri bound Scott Dunwoody didn’t catch and is considered day-to-day with a sore right arm. He went 2-for-4 with a RBI as the designated hitter.