By SAM McGAW | Photos by DEB SCALLY
Last week, Brentwood pitcher Patrick Queener needed to be close to perfect to shut out Ravenwood for a 2-0 victory.
On Tuesday, he had a little more insurance from his offense.
Every Brentwood starter reached first base as the Bruins rattled off 11 hits in a 10-1 win at home against Spring Hill.
“I think this is the most runs we’ve put up in a while,” Queener said. “It was good for the offense. We just have to keep things going from an offensive standpoint.”
Queener (2-1) struck out five batters and allowed two hits and a walk in five innings on the mound.
The Lincoln Memorial signee played with a lead in four of those innings, as the Bruins exploded for a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
“Patrick has been pitching really well this year, but we haven’t been able to give him many runs,” Brentwood leftfielder Carson Shacklett said. “To get six runs in the first inning, it was a bit of a momentum boost.”
Shacklett, a Belmont signee, went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs. Kaden Dreier added two hits, two runs and an RBI for the Bruins, while Jack Rando had two hits, two RBI and one run.
Brentwood improved to 10-5 overall and 7-2 in District 11-AAA with the win. Spring Hill is 11-9 overall and 4-5 in district play.
“Wins in this district are hard to come by,” Brentwood coach Bill Moore said. “I hope we keep inching ourselves closer to the kind of team we want to be. We haven’t been that team we want to be, but we’re getting there each day. Tonight was another step closer to where we want to be.”
Shacklett had a triple in his first at-bat, and Dreier drove him in with an RBI single.
Mason Keidel extended the lead to 2-0 after he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs. Rando then cleared the bases after his hit resulted in an error that pushed him to third base. He later scored for the six-run advantage.
“I think with each outing and each day, we’re getting a little bit closer back to the approaches we’ve been working on and trying to emphasize,” Moore said about his team’s hitting. “It starts with our approaches, and I just feel like we’re going up there with better plans and trusting the plan.”
Shacklett added a two-RBI single in the third inning. In the sixth, Queener earned an RBI on a sac fly and shortstop Tyler Shelton had an RBI single.
Spring Hill loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, but Queener battled back with two strikeouts and one run allowed on a walk.
“I feel like he likes those situations,” Moore said. “He gets tougher in those situations. He’s making quality pitches when he has to. He really has a good feel for what he’s trying to do. I think he’s grown so much as a baseball player this past year.”
Tom Slaight closed strong for the Bruins on the mound, striking out six batters and allowing one hit and a walk in the final two frames.
“He’s an important part of what we need from him down the stretch,” Moore said. “We’ve been getting such quality outings from our starters, we haven’t had to go to guys. We really needed to get him some time out there.”
Brantley Whitwell led Spring Hill with two hits and a run.