PBR Colorado Game of the Day: Cherry Creek Defeats Mullen 23-9

Neil Devlin
Senior Writer

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Cherry Creek 23 Arapahoe 9

Baseball is a game with many, many subplots, said the great Bob Costas on Tuesday night while broadcasting the Nationals-Phillies game on MLB Network.

There will be no arguments from Cherry Creek and Mullen.

On Tuesday at Mullen’s Bill Swift Field, there were performances not seen before by players, coaches and observers.

Ultimately, Cherry Creek won 23-9 over the Mustangs to open the Class 5A Centennial League, but that’s the short story.

The longer one is significantly more interesting.

The Bruins, in evening their record at 4-4, trailed 9-7 before erupting for 16 runs in the top of the seventh inning. Correct, they scored 16 runs. Not only that, but they had 16 hits in the inning, batted around twice, sent 21 batters to the plate and had cleanup hitter and 2019 first baseman Alec Adolph (Regis University) go 3-for-3 in the inning with a double and two singles.

In addition, Mullen, which fell to 4-2, entered the inning needing only three outs to get the victory, but instead had to use four pitchers.

“It was a pretty good seventh inning,” Bruins head coach Marc Johnson deadpanned.

In his 47th season in command of Colorado’s largest school, Johnson said he entered the inning concerned about how his team could rally.

“I was nervous,” Johnson said. “But all of a sudden everything we hit got through. We had to figure a way to tie it up, then everything went right.

“Baseball is a funny game.”

Adolph took it in stride … and with pride.

“You just feel good sometimes,” he said. “You see the ball and it looks like a beach ball. I don’t know, I’m just glad the team got there. It was a lot of fun to perform in a crazy game like that.”

Said Johnson: “I’ve never had a guy go 3-for-3 in an inning, never have.”

He also sent multiple pinch-hitters to the plate in the seventh and received multiple pinch hits.

Mullen coach Nick Arcuri, whose team roared back with a seven-run fifth inning to take the lead and set down 10-of-11 Bruins before the seventh, said he could only smile and move on to the next game.

“I haven’t seen that,” he said. “You tip your hat to (the Bruins) and say, ‘Great job!’

“We couldn’t get it done. It’s crazy, crazy stuff.”

The Bruins had two hits in each of the first three innings and none in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Leadoff hitter 2020 OFTyler Robinson contributed a double and home run as one of multiple Bruins with more than one hit and Cherry Creek had five students keeping statistics … and with the way it went, it needed them.

By the by, the two teams will meet again on Thursday in Greenwood Village.