By Marc Tobias
COLDWATER -- The Coldwater ACME baseball team was able to bang out 14 hits while receiving a solid pitching performance from Brian Brunswick to knock off Parkway 12-2 in five innings.
Brunswick surrendered just one hit to the Panthers to pick up the complete-game victory, and the two runs he allowed were unearned.
The Coldwater starter was a little wild at times as he walked five batters, but every time he found himself in a tough situation, he was able to bear down and get out of the jam with minimal damage.
"Brian didn't throw a lot this spring, so he still has a little rust and he pulls out of his mechanics once in awhile but he's coming," said Coldwater coach Romie Schwieterman. "The big thing that we tell him is that all pitchers are going to have streaks when you get into trouble, and there's two ways you can go. You can either wilt and give up five or six runs and take your team out of it, or you can fight through it and give up one or two but keep your team in the game. He fought out of trouble a few times tonight and that's a good sign of maturity and maybe turning that corner a little bit."
Brunswick also helped lead the hit parade as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Brad Heyne also had a big day swinging the stick as he too went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Coldwater built an early 4-0 lead after three innings, but then exploded for seven runs in the fourth to take a commanding 11-1 lead.
Troy Siefring and Chad Geier reached on a walk and an error to start the fourth, and Ryan Gerlach cleared the bases with a triple to leftfield.
Brad Heyne, Dave Wenning and Brady Geier all added RBI singles while Troy Siefring ripped a two-run double to cap the inning.
"It's kind of a continuation of last night, we've been hitting it right on the screws," Schwieterman said. "We're becoming better two-strike hitters, we had some guys over swinging and still going for downtown with two strikes, but they're cutting down on that.
"With two strikes you cut down and put the thing in play, and we probably did that four or five times tonight where guys battled with two strikes and then came back with a big hit and we scored three or four runs after that," Schwieterman continued. "We became smarter and more disciplined hitters tonight and that was good to see."
Siefring finished with a 2-for-3 game with two runs scored and two RBI.
Ryan Berry took the loss for Parkway as he allowed seven runs on eight hits in three innings of work.
Coldwater improves to 10-4 on the year and returns to action today when it hosts Fort Recovery in a doubleheader. Parkway falls to 13-6 on the summer campaign and returns to action Monday at Botkins.