Leesburg, Fla.- The crooked inning late in games had punished an otherwise spectacular Leesburg Lightning (4-2) pitching staff in the last few games, including in Thursday night’s loss to the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (3-4). Though no such thing would happen tonight, it didn’t always look that way.
Colton Bruns (St. Leo) got off to a rough start in his first start of the season, allowing a leadoff double to Michael Ballard (Eckerd) and a two-run blast into left to Grant Berman (NYU) two batters later. Regardless of getting tagged early, Bruns remained confident in his abilities.
“I knew I was going to beat the hitters, and I had my team’s back.”
Bruns calmed down after the first, going another four innings. He finished with five hits and allowed two earned runs over five innings.
The Lightning had his back in the meantime, tying it up immediately after they fell into a two-run hole. Naphis Llanos (Francis Marion) opened up the game with a walk before a throwing error got him...