December 17, 2018

Braves notch road win at Coosa

Brave senior first baseman Davey Raines stretches out to make a play last week at HHS. Raines is hitting .429 this season (Photo: Gary Jones)

(Rome, GA) — Following a slow start, the Heard County Braves baseball team has bounced back to win two of three following a solid 9-2 road win at Coosa Saturday.

The Braves jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first Saturday and never looked back scoring three more in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Sophomore hurler Tray Owens won his second game in as many starts and has now put together three quality stars in a row for Coach Trent Bianco and the Braves.

Owens allowed just three hits and a walk to the Eagles over six innings of work while striking out three. He was very efficient and only tossed 62 pitches during the win. Owens has not allowed an earned run over his last three starts and leads the team with an ERA of 3.68 for the year.

Coosa rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning versus Brave relievers to make the final 9-2.

Offensively, senior first baseman Davey Raines led the way with three base hits, a run scored and an RBI. The three hits raised his batting average to .429 for the season over 21 plate appearances.

Caden Raines has a .391 season average following a two hit, two RBI performance versus the Eagles. Shortstop Dale Thornhill had a nice day at the plate with two hits including a double and two RBI’s. The Braves pounded out 10 hits as a team.

The Braves (2-7) scored their first win of the year at home last weekend with a 7-2 win over Shelby County from Alabama.

Owens tossed the complete game scattering six hits and two walks over seven innings in that win.

Tanner Collins and Bryan Jones led the way at the plate. Collins went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI’s while Jones was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI’s. Jones leads the team in RBI’s with six.

A scheduled game with Bremen earlier this week was rained out.

The Braves face two more non-region opponents this week when they travel to Handley Tuesday (6:30 PM-EST) and host Brookstone (1:00 PM) at Heard High Saturday afternoon before Region 5-AA play gets underway on Tuesday, March 20 at Lamar County.

Region play gets underway this week for some of the other Region 5-AA squads with Callaway taking on Temple and Lamar battling Jordan in three game series match-ups.

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