Jason Brulport drilled two homers and drove in nine runs to help Lake Land earn a split in a baseball doubleheader with Rend Lake on Wednesday.
Brulport hit two two-run homers in the Lakers’ 13-12 loss in the opener in which he drove in six runs. The first baseman then knocked in another three runs on three hits during the Lakers’ 18-13 victory in the second game.
Brulport went 5-for-9 with four runs in the two games. He is now hitting .379 with a 1.263 OPS.
“It was great to see JB get into two balls,” Lake Land coach Julio Godinez said. “It’s what he needs to really get going, and it was what our team needed to stay in the ball games.”
Charleston’s Keagan Brady, meanwhile, earned six walks across the two games, scoring five runs and going 2-for-3 with three RBIs overall. Brady has a .538 on-base percentage through seven games.
Mattoon’s Jacob Spitz drove in five runs, going 4-for-8 to increase his season average to .483 and his OPS to 1.073.
In the opener, Lake Land (7-5) allowed 11 runs in the third inning to fall behind 12-4 before rallying to move within a run entering the final inning. Rend Lake scored in the top of the seventh to make it 13-11.
Brady walked, advanced to second and scored on Spitz’s single in the bottom of the inning to again close within one run. Spitz, though, was thrown out attempting to steal second base to end the game.
The Lakers had their own big inning in the second game, scoring nine runs in the fourth to go ahead 10-3, adding four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings for the win. Kolby Pemberton earned the victory after allowing three unearned runs, walking one and striking out six across four innings.
“I have always said this about Kolby,” Godinez said, “he will compete his tail off in any given situation. And he has done just that.”