The ability to win close games can be the difference between an average season and a great one and it is the reason the Bellevue baseball team is ranked third in the latest NAIA poll.
The Bruins are 31-6 and 11 of their games have been decided by one run. They have won all of them.
“That just does not happen very often”, said Bellevue coach Duane Monlux. “Most years you are sitting around .500 or a little bit above that with that many one run games but we have been fortunate to win them all. Our team believes they can win them all and that is a huge thing just them believing and not being nervous in those situations.”
Pitching and defense are the biggest factors. Opponents are hitting a meager .241 and The Bruins have committed less than an error per game.
“We don’t walk a lot of guys and we do play defense. Our pitchers are not afraid to pitch to contact because they know the guys behind them have a good chance to field it. If you do that you are going to have a chance.”
Monlux says the tone was set early in the season when the Bruins opened by playing nine teams ranked in the top 20 and finished 7-2. They will travel to Sioux City on Tuesday to play Morningside College.