CHARITON — When he last walked off a mound, Christian Bambrook felt like he had let his teammates down.
That same night, the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont baseball team left the diamond in Albia feeling like they might have let an opportunity to win a conference title slip away.
Boy, how things can change in just five short days.
Stepping back onto the mound for the first time since giving up a walk-off single to Drew Schofield, giving Albia the first of their two wins over the Rockets last Thursday, Bambrook was asked along with teammate Levi Johnston to do something no other visiting pitcher had been able to do yet this season. Earn a victory at Millage Field.
Not only did Bambrook himself earn a win in his first start since the disappointing loss at Albia, he closed out the first win for a visiting team at Chariton this year. Staring down the tying run as the closer in game one and baring down with the winning run in scoring position to finish a complete game start in the nightcap, the Rocket senior had no reason to hang his head either time, recording consecutive game-ending strikeouts to give EBF 5-1 and 5-4 wins over the sixth-ranked team in Class 3A.
With the last of his 13 strikeouts, blowing a final fastball past Charger catcher Alex Wright to close out game two with the bases loaded, Bambrook had plenty of reason to hold his head high Tuesday night. With that final pitch, the senior lifted his team back into a share of the South Central Conference championship.
“You’ve got to have a short memory no matter if you’re a pitcher, a second baseman or a left fielder,” Bambrook said. “You’ve got to forget quick and that’s what we did. We lost those two games at Albia and we put them behind us. We had a bad Thursday, we came back and we had a great Tuesday.”