Jet City sweeps Bertrand in Bushwood Ballpark's inaugural game.
NILES- One thing that separates ORWBL from other league's is the fact that each team has their own home ballpark. Throughout the years we have seen many great and no so great parks. On Sunday, the Bertrand Bombers played host to the Jet City Junkballers in the inaugural game at Bushwood Ballpark.
After a rough 1st season in the league, Bombers Manager Bryan Van Dyke was eager to prove that the Bertrand Bombers belong in the league. After taking 2 out of 3 from Hudson Lake on Opening Day, Bertrand showed improvements after only winning 5 games in 2015. Their 2016 campaign shifted over to Michigan where the Bombers played their first series at brand new Bushwood Ballpark.
Bryan Van Dyke could not have asked for any better weather in their first game at their new home. Bushwood Ballpark immediately became one of the better venues in the league, as it is definitely one of the most well taken care of ballparks.
Unfortunately for the Bombers, the Jet City Junkballers came to town to spoil the party. Jet City swept the Bombers (5-1) (11-1) (23-3) in John Arndt's Junkballer debut. Jet City was without Tony Koch who came into week 2 leading the league with a .722 Batting Average. Nate Arndt picked up the slack, leading the Junkballers to 3 wins on the mound.
Arndt has now picked up a win on the mound in all five Jet City victories. He has also had a great start to the season at the plate, hitting 16 Home Runs, putting him 2nd in the league in that category.
With the sweep, Jet City is off to a 5-1 start in ORWBL, leading the AL West by 2 games. The Junkballers are tied with Maple City for the best record in the league and figure to give the Magic a run for their money come playoff time. They will look to continue their great start as they will host the Pterodactyls (2-4) in week 3.
As for Bertrand, they will look to bounce back on the road as they will not have to travel too far for their series against the Great Lakes Godfathers. Great Lakes (1-5) will host the Bombers (2-4) in what will be the first matchup in ORWBL history between two teams from Michigan.