December 5, 2020

Braves and Canes Face Game 3 Showdown

(Franklin) — The Heard County Braves and the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane proved to be an even match-up Tuesday afternoon at Alford Field as they split a doubleheader with each team dominating the other in 10-0 shutouts.

The result is a third and deciding game three which will be played today at Alford Field with the first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Kay Feature Canes

Sophomore Lee Kay was stellar in the 10-0 win in game one allowing just 4 hits with no walks and 7 K’s.

Sophomore Lee Kay’s stellar pitching was again the key in the 10-0 game one shutout of the Canes in six innings.

Kay tossed all six frames allowing just four hits and no walks to go with seven strikeouts. Kay threw just 70 pitches with 52 of them being strikes.

Junior Chandler Polk led the way at the plate with a bases-loaded triple, a single, two runs scored and three RBI.

Zack Hill also had a big game with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI while catcher Tristan Brown had a single and two RBI’s.

Senior Zack Stephens hit the walk-off game-ending double off the fence and Ethan Brant continued to swing a hot bat with a base hit and an RBI.

The game was delayed for just under 10 minutes during the bottom of the third inning when a foul ball off of Drew Blair’s bat took out a glass light pole cover near the Canes dugout.

The Braves swung the bats well against Hurricane lefty Johnny Croley who is committed to the Citadel, but also took advantage of some poor defensive play by the Canes.

The second game was the polar opposite of game one as the Braves managed just four hits off another lefty hurler Caleb Ray and had their own struggles defensively.

Drew Blair came on in relief of starter Keagan Spradlin in the bottom of the third  and tossed the final three innings as the game ended on a walk-off hit by the Canes in the fifth inning.

“You know it is what it is you know we come out in game one and play really well behind Lee Kay who was again outstanding,” said head coach Trent Bianco after the game. “Then we come out in game two and hats off to them (the Canes) they come out and play well — we made some mistakes and they capitalize which is what good teams do.”

Today’s game three battle will be on of the biggest ever played at HHS with a trip to the state semi-finals on the line.

“We have been in tough situations all year where we have been punched in the mouth whether it was the 1-5 start or needing to come back in extra innings against Holy Innocence — we just have to battle back,” added Bianco.

The winner of today’s game will travel to Wesleyan on Monday to face the top ranked team in the state. The Wolves swept Gordon Lee on Tuesday 10-0 and 7-1.

The other two Class AA match-ups were also doubleheader splits with Rabun County forcing Lovett into a game three today — Darlington and Greater Atlanta Christian also face a deciding rubber game today. 




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