April 1, 2020

Walk-off base hit from sizzling Marsh leads Braves past Coosa

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard High Braves managed to avoid the rainfall long enough to sneak a game in at Alford Field Wednesday and it turned out to be a good game for the home team.

The Braves trailed by 6-2 after three innings of play before before battling back to take an 8-6 lead with three runs each in both the bottom of the fourth and bottom of the sixth innings.

The Eagles would then come back with two runs in the top of the seventh to even the score at 8-8, before the Braves would strike for a walk-off single by junior Leroy Marsh would send Tyler Lasseter across the plate with the game-winning run.

Junior Leroy Marsh is leading the Braves in hitting at .667 (Photo: Jeff Napier)

Lasseter was pinch-running for Drew Cornelius who led off the inning by being hit by a pitch.

Marsh had a huge game for coach Trent Bianco going 4-for-4 with a walk to reach base in all five of his plate appearances. He also had two stolen bases as did Chance Brown.

Senior Jake Harrod had a solid performance at the plate going 3-for-3 with an RBI, a steal, and two runs scored.

Dale Thornhill had a double and two RBI’s while also pitching well in relief of starter Aidan Boyd. Thornhill tossed four innings of relief allowing no earned runs and striking out four to earn his first win of the young season.

Senior Tray Owens recorded the final out of the game on a strikeout to notch his first save of the season.

Marsh, Harrod, and Owens are all off to hot starts through the first four games of the season.

Marsh has been red hot and leads the team with a .667 batting average, six runs scored, four walks, and four steals, while Harrod is hitting .556 with four runs scored and three steals.

Owens hits his second homer of the season in an 8-1 loss at Lovett Monday afternoon and is third on the team with a .417 average and a team-high six RBI’s.

The Braves (2-2) return to action at HCHS Friday where they will host the defending Class AA State Champion Jeff Davis Yellowjackets.

The Yellow Jackets are currently ranked No. 1 in Class AA and likewise enter the game at 2-2 with wins over Bleckley County and Pierce County and losses to larger schools Wayne County and Lee County. The first pitch for the big AA match-up is slated for 6:00 PM.

The Braves will host another Class AA opponent from South Georgia Saturday morning at 11:00 AM when Vidalia comes to Franklin. The No. 9 ranked Indians are off to a 3-1 start to open the season.

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