May 22, 2019

Braves blast Tigers in season opener

Senior Tanner Collins after launching the first HR of his career at Alford Field Wednesday afternoon. The Braves cruised to a 16-1 win in four innings. (Photo: Jeff Napier)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Braves opened the 2019 varsity baseball season by thumping visiting Carver of Columbus 16-1 in four innings Wednesday at Alford Field.

The win came easily versus an over-matched Tiger squad giving coach Trent Bianco and the Braves some early momentum as they head into this weekend’s road doubleheader at Vidalia.

The Braves used four different pitchers each seeing an inning of work Wednesday with 11 of the 12 outs coming via strikeouts.

Tray Owens pitched the first and was followed by Drew Cornelius, Dale Thornhill, and Leroy Marsh.

Owens allowed just one hit and struck out the side and Cornelius retired the side in order in the second while striking out the side. Marsh closed out the game with two K’s and a walk in his inning of work.

Offensively, the highlight of the game came on a first inning 2-run homer from senior Tanner Collins, the first of his varsity career.

The junior shortstop Thornhill got off to a hot start going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s with three runs scored.

Cornelius, Caden Raines, and Chance Brown also each had two hits. Brown ended the game via run rule with a walk-off hit and he had two batted in on the day.

The Braves will get a much better test this Saturday when they make the long trip to Vidalia, GA to face the Class AA Indians at 10:00 AM followed by a match-up with Class AAA Pierce County at 1:00 PM.

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