November 26, 2020

Braves breeze by Trojans in region opener

(Franklin, GA) — The Braves opened the Region 5-AA baseball schedule with an 11-1 victory over Lamar County in five innings at HHS Tuesday afternoon.

The home team broke open a scoreless contest with five runs in the fourth and six in the bottom of the fifth to end the first game of the series via run rule.

Auston Wilson went the distance for the Braves earning his team high fourth win of the season. Wilson allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out three. The senior hurler has been the team’s hot hand on the mound as of late winning three of his last four starts.

Several Braves had nice efforts at the plate Tuesday. The big run producers were Drew Hopkins with a single and three RBI’s and Tanner Collins who doubled in two.

Auston Wilson earned his team high fourth win Tuesday (Photo: Gary Jones)

Auston Wilson earned his team high fourth win Tuesday (Photo: Gary Jones)

Lee Kay and Ethan Brant each had two base hits while Trey Alford, Logan Ward, and Wilson each drove home a single run.

The Braves had seven steals in the game including two from Dale Thornhill and one each from Alford, Kay, Hopkins, Collins, and Jake Harrod.

“You know everything we’ve done before today doesn’t matter — these region games are the only games that truly count,” said Bianco after the game.

“The previous 13 games we were just trying to figure out what we do well and what we don’t do well and hopefully we learned from them. I’m proud of the guys for turning it on today even and getting us to 1-0 in the region.”

The Braves will next travel to Barnesville Friday afternoon to face the Trojans once again, this time in a doubleheader to complete the three game region series.

Region 5-AA began the three game series style region schedule in 2015 and Bianco likes the format where teams battle head-to-head for three games during a single week.

“I think the current series format is great,” says Bianco. “It gets us prepared for the playoffs and forces other teams to develop pitching. I feel like our coaching staff does a really good job of getting our pitching staff ready to throw and developing a one, two and three starter that can go out and give us a chance to win in every game.”

Friday’s doubleheader at Lamar starts with a first pitch in game one at 4:30 PM.

The Braves will face another Region 5-AA series next week traveling to Jordan in Columbus for a single game Tuesday and returning home to Alford Field for a doubleheader on Friday.

Callaway currently sits atop the Region 5-AA standings at 3-0 after sweeping Temple in their three game series last week. Lamar County is now 2-2 while Temple and Jordan each sit at 1-3. Spencer High School is not fielding a baseball team this season.

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



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