March 24, 2019

No. 4 Braves ready for huge series versus No. 1 Bremen

2019 Heard County Braves varsity baseball (Photo: Heard County Braves baseball on Facebook)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard High baseball team finally dodged the weather enough to get in three non-region games over the weekend as they prepare to open the Region 5-AA schedule tomorrow with a big series versus Georgia Dugout’s top-ranked Class AA team the Bremen Blue Devils.

With the Blue Devils (7-3) ranked No. 1, the Callaway Cavaliers (4-1) ranked No. 3 and the Braves (3-4) ranked No. 4, every series between the teams will be crucial in determining post-season seedings for the state tournament beginning in late April.

The Braves will host game one of the series tomorrow at Alford Field (5:30 PM) before traveling north to Bremen to end the series with a doubleheader on Friday (4:30/6:30 PM).

Coach Trent Bianco’s squad gained some momentum heading into the series with a 9-6 home win over Central Saturday night.

Seniors Will Hammett and Tanner Collins led the way offensively in the non-region win. Hammett went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s while Collins was 1-for-3 with a double and three batted in.

Speed was a major factor in the win with the Braves stealing 11 bases including three by freshman Isaiah O’Neal and two each from Kellon Rollings, Leroy Marsh, and Caden Raines.

On the hill it was junior Dale Thornhill earning the win with four plus innings of work. Thornhill allowed just three earned and struck out five and did not walk a single batter.

Mason Rollings had some good relief work pitching 1.2 scoreless innings and striking out two.

The Braves fell 9-2 to Villa Rica earlier in the day during the first leg of a triple-header between the three teams that was originally scheduled to be played at Villa Rica.

Tray Owens and Leroy marsh each had two hits. Owens launched his second homer of the season and drove home both Brave runs.

The squad dropped a heart-breaker on the road at Troup County Friday night in Lagrange.

The Braves battled back from an early 4-1 deficit to tie the game at 4-4 before the Tigers got a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the seventh. Owens started the game and pitched well tossing six innings and allowing just three earned runs while striking out seven.

Owens and Raines currently lead the team in hitting with averages of .316 while Collins leads the team in doubles with four and RBI’s with nine.

Callaway is still playing non-region games this week before battling Bremen next week.

The Braves will take on another region rival in Lamar County next week. The Braves will travel to Barnesville next Tuesday and return to Alford Field for the doubleheader next Friday in Franklin. The Braves meet Callaway in the final Region 5-AA series of the year April 9 and April 12.

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