October 22, 2018

Kay pitches Braves past Bremen

(Franklin, GA) — The visiting Bremen Blue Devils put a run on the board in the top of the first inning Tuesday, but starting pitcher Lee Kay settled down and threw his best game of the year so far, a complete game performance, as the Braves took game one of an important three-game Region 5-AA series by a final score of 4-1 at Alford Field.

After allowing two base hits and a sacrifice fly in that first inning, Kay would allow just two more hits all day and no walks while striking out five. He needed just 89 pitches to earn his third win of the season.

Lee Kay pitched well in Tuesday's 4-1 series opening win over Bremen

Lee Kay pitched well in Tuesday’s 4-1 series opening win over Bremen

Kay seems to be regaining form after missing much of the season with a broken hand.

At the plate, second baseman Logan Ward continued his hot hitting with two hits and two RBI’s.

Ward is 8-for-14 over his last four games with four extra-base hits and seven RBI’s. He has a five game hitting streak.

The junior infielder also made a nice stab in the field to rob a Blue Devil base hit in the top of the sixth. The Braves played good defense behind Kay all day with just one team error.

The Braves answered the Devil score with a run in the bottom of the first before plating two in the bottom of the third and one in the bottom of the fifth.

Kay, Quay Daniel, and Ethan Brant also had doubles for the Braves off of Bremen starter Carson Cook. Cook went the distance for the Devils giving up eight hits, two walks, and three earned runs. He struck out four Brave batters in the loss.

The game ended on a controversial ground-out call at first base that went against the Blue Devils.

The win moves the Braves to 7-0 in Region 5-AA play as they try to keep pace with the Bowdon Red Devils who took down Temple 17-1 Tuesday.

“That’s a great first win. Anytime you can take game one of a three game series against anyone much less Bremen that’s big going into our Thursday doubleheader,” said Coach Trent Bianco after the win.

“I couldn’t be more proud of way Lee came out and pitched — he threw like a No. 1 and kept them off-balance all day long — a fantastic job by Coach Arp with the pitch calling today. Offensively and defensively, we are starting to click at the right time. Four runs is not where we want to be but we had base runners all day long.”

The Braves and Red Devils are both at 7-0 in region play with a three-game regular season ending series next week.

Coach Bianco’s squad will take on the Blue Devils again tomorrow in a doubleheader (4:30/6:30) at the Bremen Recreation Department.

If the Braves sweep Bremen and Bowdon sweeps Temple on Friday, next week’s series could be one of the most epic region match-ups in the history of the rivalry. Bowdon remains undefeated on the season and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AA.

The Braves student section was blacked out for Tuesday’s game which also featured WWE themed walk-up music courtesy of basketball coaches Paul Fitz-Simons and Helen Akins. Additionally, it was teacher appreciation day at Alford Field.

The team will celebrate the Senior class before next Tuesday’s huge home game versus Bowdon (5:30). For more updates on Braves baseball visit Heard County Braves Baseball on Facebook.

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