April 25, 2018

Hot-hitting Braves rout Red Jackets

(Franklin, GA) — Sophomore Tray Owens’ hot streak on both the mound and at the plate continued Tuesday afternoon in Franklin where the Braves overwhelmed the visiting Jordan Red Jackets 13-0 in five innings of play.

Owens started the game on the mound and earned his team high fourth win. He pitched four innings allowing just three hits and walking one while striking out three and allowing no earned runs to lower his team leading ERA to 3.00.

Senior reliever A.J. Head came on in the fifth inning to close the door with a sharp inning of relief while recording two strikeouts.

Caden Raines, Will Hammett, and Tanner Collins all had big days at the plate.

Raines was 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI to push his team high batting average to a lofty .413 on the season. The sophomore second basemen has been one of the good news stories in Heard County sports in 2018 after battling back from being diagnosed and hospitalized with Stevens–Johnson syndrome last fall.

Will Hammett is another hot-hitting Brave after going 2-for-3 Tuesday with a double and four RBI’s.

Hammett is hitting .350 for the year with three doubles and nine RBI’s despite missing some early season practice time due to basketball season.

Catcher Will Hammett is hitting .350 on the season for the Braves (Photo: Gary Jones)

Tanner Collins is yet another member of Coach Trent Bianco’s line-up that has really come on as of late. He was 2-for-3 in the game with a double and two runs scored to raise his season average above the .300 mark at .319.

Collins is second on the team in doubles with six  to go along with 12 RBI’s.

The Braves have five starters hitting above .300 with Owens knocking on the door with a .298 average.

Senior Bryan Jones had two more RBI’s Tuesday to raise his team high number to an impressive 21.

After a slow start, the Braves have now won four in a row and seven of nine and are now 4-0 in Region 5-AA action and tied at the top of the standings with Callaway who also won big on Tuesday knocking off Lamar County 10-0.

The Braves will travel to Columbus Friday to close out the three game series with Jordan with a game one first pitch at 4:30 PM. They return home to host Temple next Tuesday at 5:30 PM in Franklin.

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