December 2, 2020

Braves move to 6-0 in region play

(Franklin, GA) — The Braves overcame a sloppy field following overnight rain to sweep the visiting Jordan Red Jackets Friday night in a doubleheader that lasted more than five hours at HHS.

The Braves took game one by a final score of 13-3 in six innings and ended game two in the sixth with a walk-off 14-4 win.

Just being able to play the games was a win for Coach Bianco and his squad who worked diligently to prepare Alford Field after the heavy rains passed through the area early Friday morning.

“It was a long day for us to get our field ready but we had our guys as well as our AD Coach Lasseter out here working hard all day to make it happen,” said Bianco following the doubleheader. “It was awesome to see everyone come together to get our field ready for play.”

Alford Field went through quite a transformation thanks to the efforts of Brave players, staff, and parents in order to be ready for play Friday afternoon

Alford Field went through quite a transformation thanks to the efforts of Brave players, staff, and parents in order to be ready for play Friday afternoon

Senior Lee Kay overcame a bumpy start to earn his third win of the season. After giving up three earned runs in the first, Kay settled in to shut down the Jackets over the next four innings. He scattered five hits and a walk over his five frames while fanning five batters.

Senior Logan Ward returned from an injury and came on to pitch in the sixth inning after being unable to throw from the mound for several months. Ward has been invaluable at the plate with a .433 average, but Bianco is happy to see him back on the mound defensively.

It remains unclear if Ward will enter the starting rotation or remain in a relief role, but Bianco knows Ward will be ready in either circumstance.

“The best thing about Logan is he is fine either way we need to use him — he’s a big team guy which is so important,” Bianco said.

Leading the way offensively in game one were Kay, Ward, Tanner Collins, and Drew Hopkins who all had multiple hits. Collins went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, and two RBI’s. Collins has been a hot stick for the Braves this season with a solid batting average of .348. Trey Alford drove in three runs.

In game two, Alford faced a rocky first inning, but like Kay was also able to rebound. After giving up back-to-back solo homers, Alford went on to shut down the Jackets over the next six innings only giving up two unearned runs in the third. Alford struck out seven.

Dale Thornhill, Alford, and Hopkins each had two hits in the game. Thornhill, Auston Wilson, and Bryan Jones each had two RBI’s.

“It wasn’t by any stretch a clean day of baseball but it’s always good to get two big region wins,” said Bianco. “That’s where we are right now we are just trying to take it one game at a time and just keep going 1-0 every time we play. I thought offensively we swung it well and think both our starters pitched well after slow starts in the first inning in both game.”

While the school will be on spring break next week, the Braves will be hard at work as they face another region series versus Temple. The Braves travel to Temple on Tuesday (5:30 PM) before returning to Alford Field for a Friday doubleheader at 4:30 PM.

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

(NOTE: The scheduled spring break baseball camp has been cancelled)

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