Bridges leads Gene Taylor’s to win

Drew Bridges overpowered Boulder from the mound, and blasted a line-drive home run Thursday as Gene Taylor’s Baseball defeated Boulder, 5-0, in a winner’s bracket semifinal of the Legion A State Tournament in Boulder.

Bridges was 4 for 4 with a double and the solo home run. He also pitched six scoreless innings, striking out nine and allowing three hits.

Gene Taylor’s (19-18) played Rocky Mountain, a 14-4 winner over Brighton in the first round in Thursday’s late game.

But in the morning contest it was Bridges who was a one-man baseball machine.

“They didn’t want to give him anything to hit,” Gene Taylor’s coach David Jahnke said. “And when they made a mistake, he made them pay for it.”

Jahnke said Bridges also hit a double off the wall, but was thrown out at third base.

On the mound, Jahnke said Bridges overpowered Boulder with velocity, which he estimated at 85-87 mph.

His home run traveled faster.

“It was a line drive, probably 12 feet off the ground,” Jahnke said. “It got out of there in a hurry. We were worried in the dugout it wasn’t going to be high enough to get out.”

Also for Gene Taylor’s, Owen Taylor went 2 for 3 with two RBI and a home run. Center fielder Marcus Wirth was 2 for 4.

Walker Williams relieved Bridges, pitching two scoreless innings.

Tate Herland tossed the final inning to secure the shutout.


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