RIVERVIEW — After three hours and eight minutes, a combined 17 walks and six errors, four passed balls and two wild pitches, neither Riverview nor Bloomingdale was particularly satisfied. But the Bulls won the nondistrict game Tuesday 15-7.
Bloomingdale (7-1) quickly erased a 4-1 deficit in the top of the second inning, scoring seven runs, and did not trail the rest of the game. Five of the Bulls’ first six batters drew walks — most of them on four straight pitches — and leadoff hitter Nolan Schrenker hit a three-run double.
Despite the abundance of free passes, much to the chagrin of the Riverview side, Bloomingdale coach Kris Wilken said he didn’t tell his team to change its approach.
“I don’t want them to get out of what we’ve been doing; they’ve been swinging the bats pretty well,” Wilken said. “I want them to stay aggressive, even though there were some borderline pitches.”
Junior Cody Crouse, who entered the game having surrendered no earned runs in 18 innings, fought through a finger problem on his pitching hand to go 42/3 innings and improve to 4-0 on a night where he did not have his best stuff.
Every Bloomingdale batter came to the plate five times in the seven-inning game except Schrenker, who logged six plate appearances. He was the only Bloomingdale starter not to draw a walk.
Riverview (5-4) started off strong, scoring four runs (though only one earned) off four hits in the bottom of the first. The Sharks added three more in the fourth, thanks to a Dakota Moritz triple and a single from Justin Rose, to pull within three at 10-7, but Bloomingdale scored two unearned runs in the fifth on no hits and three walks to kill any threat.