2017 Braves seniors and coaches on Senior Night last week at Alford Field (Front L-R): Drew Hopkins, Lee Kay, Logan Ward (Back L-R): Coach Gavin Porter, Coach John Arp, Coach Ryan Duffey, Auston Wilson, Ethan Brant, Trey Alford, Head Coach Trent Bianco, Coach Matt Hornsby, Head Trainer Megan Anthony. (Photo: Penny Hood)
(Franklin) — The Braves baseball team celebrated their six senior players prior to last Tuesday’s home game versus Whitefield Academy at Alford Field.
The No. 2 seeded Braves from Region 5-AA are set for the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs this week where they will host the No. 3 seeded Pepperell Dragons from Region 7-AA.
The teams will square off in a doubleheader in Franklin Friday at 4:30 and if the teams split a third and deciding “if” game would be played Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM also at Alford Field.
With a series win over the Dragons the Braves would advance to the Sweet 16 where they could travel to Bleckley County (No. 1 seed -Region 3-AA) or host Early County (No. 4 seed – Region 1-AA).
Coach Trent Bianco shared some special thoughts about his senior class after Wednesday’s Senior night ceremony.
“Over the past four years each of these seniors has put in a tremendous amount of work to take our baseball program to new heights. I feel like every year I’ve been at Heard the senior class raises the bar and these guys have done just that. Thier list of accomplishments is long (and will hopefully get longer with the playoffs coming up) and every one of them has a lot to be proud of,” said Bianco.
“As proud as I am of what they have accomplished on the field I’m (along with our entire coaching staff) more proud of the young men each of them has become. We’re looking forward to seeing what these guys do in the future and excited to see where our journey this year takes us.”
The Braves travel to Central High School in Carrollton today for the final regular season game versus the Lions at 5:30 PM.