October 1, 2014

Braves split doubleheader with Jackets

Junior Zack Stephens pitched well in relief in game two allowing no runs over three innings

Junior Zack Stephens pitched well in relief in game two allowing no runs over three innings

(Franklin) — The Braves varsity baseball team battled back from a late 5-1 deficit in game two yesterday at Heard High School before falling to the Jordan Red Jackets 5-4. The narrow loss gave the team a split in the doubleheader after a five inning 15-3 win in game one.

Freshman Lee Kay led the way in game one on both the mound and at the plate. He pitched four strong innings allowing only one run on three hits while striking out four to get the win.

At the plate, Kay had a three hit day driving in three runs on two singles and a double. Tristan Brown scored three runs while Jared McCullough crossed the plate twice. McCullough also picked up two hits and drove in a run.

Lashon Echols, Trey Alford, Taylor Smith, Zack Stephens, and Dakota Christopher each had a base hit and an RBI.

In game two, Jordan jumped out to a 5-1 lead after four innings but the Braves fought back hard with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and another run in the bottom of the seventh.

Smith started game two throwing four innings and Zack Stephens pitched very well in relief giving up no runs on only three hits in the last three innings to keep the game close.

At the plate in game two, Christopher and Smith each had two hits. Alford, Stephens, and Quay Daniel each had an RBI.

The Braves will be back in action Tuesday at home where they will take on Manchester. The Braves knocked off the Blue Devils 12-2 on March 11 in Manchester.

“We swung it well in the first game… we came out and jumped on them early and really put pressure on them. I couldn’t ask for anything more as far as executing hit and runs and bunts at the plate. Lee pitched really well while forcing a lot of contact,” said Braves skipper Trent Bianco. “In game two I am proud of the way our guys battled back from adversity but that has been our M/O all year. We have just got to find a way to scratch some more runs across and we will be ok.”

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