October 21, 2018

Braves get help to secure home playoff series

The Braves baseball team celebrated Senior Day Tuesday at the high school with a 12-2 win over Jordan out of Columbus.

The best news for the Braves, however, came from Manchester where a late rally by the Blue Devils equated to an 8-7 win over Temple which secured the #2 seed for the Braves and a home series in the first round of the state playoffs.

The Braves will face the Lovett Lions from Region 6-AA next Friday at the high school. The two teams will play a double-header with a third game to be played Saturday if necessary.

Tuesday’s festivities kicked off with a pre-game ceremony honoring this year’s large Senior class including Brandon Smith, Dillon Kimble, Ryan Hutchins, Ryan Thornhill, Zack Battles, Ben Cole, Ryan Harrod, Dalton Reed, and manager John Simmons.

2012 SENIORS (Front)- Brandon Smith, Dillon Kimble (Back)- Ryan Hutchins, Ryan Thornhill, Zack Battles, Ben Cole, Ryan Harrod, Dalton Reed

Senior Ben Cole went the distance on the mound for the Braves versus Jordan allowing only two runs in the five innings of play. At the plate Cody Stephens had three RBI’s and Dan Kimble and Dalton Reed each finished with two hits.

The two hits leave Senior Reed with an impressive final batting average of .493 on the year to lead the team. He was especially hot the last few games of the year including the 6-6 performance at Manchester to establish a likely school record.

Reed also collected two homers and 20 RBI’s. Season stat leaders in other offensive categories include Stephens with 22 RBI’s, Battles and Reed each with two home runs, and Taylor Smith with 14 stolen bases.

On the mound the leaders were Ryan Hutchins with five wins and a 3.54 ERA, Ben Cole with 42 innings pitched and 45 strike-outs, and Zack Battles with a 1.074 WHIP. Defensively, Dan Kimble had no errors on the season.

The Braves finish with a region record of 11-3 and an overall record of 13-13. The remaining Region 5-AA playoff seeds include top seed Callaway, the #3 seed Temple, and the #4 seed Manchester. (Photo courtesy of Orlando Burgos)

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