November 25, 2020

Alford’s walk-off base hit caps dramatic win at UWG

(Carrollton, GA) — The Brave baseball team scored a dramatic 11-10 win over the Central Lions Thursday night at the University of West Georgia.

The scheduled Brave home game was moved to the collegiate site at UWG due to poor weather and field conditions this week.

The barn-burning affair saw several lead changes before the Braves prevailed with the come from behind win in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Alford’s walk-off single scored Logan Ward and came after a sacrifice fly from Ethan Brant scored Drew Hopkins to tie the game at 10-10.

The Braves had to battle back after relinquishing a big 7-1 lead early in the game.

The Braves plated three runs each in the second and third innings before Central responded with four in the top of the fourth to get back in it. Central would score five more over the next two innings to take a 10-7 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning.

A.J. Head recorded his first career win after retiring three batters on just nine pitches in the top of the seventh. The win capped a solid week for the junior who also recorded his first save in Tuesday’s win over Coosa.

Coach Trent Bianco was excited to see his team battle through the late game adversity.

“It was good for us to be in a game like that. You never want to have a 7-1 lead and let it slip but being down 10-7 with six outs left in the game our guys showed a lot of heart,” said Bianco.

Braves celebrate after Thursday's 11-10 walk-off win over Central at UWG (Photo: Heard County Braves Baseball on Facebook)

Braves celebrate after Thursday’s 11-10 walk-off win over Central at UWG (Photo: Heard County Braves Baseball on Facebook)

The little things played a big role in the team’s second win of the season.

“Central has a good team so it was a big win for us,” added Bianco. “We had 11 walks, four sac bunts, one drag bunt, and only three combined strikeouts as and team so we did the little things offensively to win a game. A.J. Head coming in the top of the seventh and holding central at 10 was big for us and gave us that shot to win it in the 7th.”

Alford started on the mound and tossed three innings before giving way to relievers Auston Wilson and Lee Kay.

Leading the way on offense was sophomore Tanner Collins with three hits including a double, two runs scored, a stolen base, and an RBI. Senior Lee Kay went 2-for-3 with two triples, two walks, and two RBI’s.

Ethan Brant had two RBI’s while Ward, Dale Thornhill, and Bryan Jones each drove one home. Leadoff man Logan Ward walked three times and scored twice.

The Braves (2-3) return to action on Monday when they travel to Handley at 5:30 PM EST. They return home to Alford Field on Tuesday to host Bremen at 5:30 PM.

For updates, photos, and other information on Braves baseball visit Heard County Braves Baseball on Facebook.

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