Bruins face Yellow Jackets in baseball


Connor Brumfield jumps onto first base but Hickman first baseman Jonathan Jones gets the force out. Photo by Laurel Critchfield

John Gillis


Running bases, catching fly balls and striking out hitters, the RBHS baseball team beat the Lebanon Jackets May 21 with a ten run margin.

The score was 11-1 after the fifth inning, which means that the mercy rule applied, and the game was finished fairly quickly. Senior Alex Henderson felt concerned for the seniors during the game because of the time crunch of baccalaureate following briefly after they played.

“[The baseball team is] looking good, and they just need to finish out and stay strong the rest of the game,” Henderson said. “They really have been looking good [this season]. They have a really strong offense and a solid defense to back it up. They should have a really good season. Baccalaureate is tonight though, but if all the baseball guys take care of business, they should be able to finish up in time.”

During the game, family members , classmates and fans of the team react with confidence and some surprise.

Mike Teeter, father of pitcher and third baseman Kyle Teeter, thinks the team has performed well and continually develop into a better group. The teammates are working together more fluently and have an understanding of one another during the game.

“I think these guys have really gelled as a team. I think they probably exceeded expectations,” Teeter said. “A lot of the guys really stepped up and contributed this year when the team needed them to. They really do work as a team, theres not one guy that really stands out.”

Similarly, outfielder Connor Brumfield’s father, Craig Brumfield said the season has been one to remember and feels that the year is in a good standing for being close to finished. He also believes the team has done an exceptional job and is hopeful for the next game that the bruins will play, the quarter final.

“They’ve played great. Any time you can  score 11 points in a sectional game its outstanding and they have been doing it all year,” Brumfield said. “It’s been an excellent season and it far exceeded our expectations since so many thought it might be a rebuilding year after losing such [Division 1] talent last year. Clearly that’s not the case since the seniors carried the team the whole entire year.”

Craig Brumfield believes the seniors of the baseball team have been outstanding leaders offensively, defensively and  on and off the field. He thinks this year’s team has the potential to go far and hopes for the best with the games to come in the near future.

“I don’t know how far we may go as a team,” Brumfield said, “But i know that we have the chance to play one more game. You can never tell how it is going to go with baseball but i like our chances.”
By Justin Sutherland