October 30, 2020

Braves sweep Blue Devils

(Franklin) — The Braves varsity baseball team completed a three game sweep of the Manchester Blue Devils at HHS Wednesday afternoon in games that were moved up from Friday because of anticipated weather issues tomorrow.

In game one of the twin bill, junior Lee Kay returned to the mound as a starter for the first time after being sidelined with a broken hand earlier in the season.

After a rocky start in the first inning where he gave up two runs, Kay settled down as the Braves went on to a 6-2 win. Kay allowed four hits and just one walk over five innings while striking out six to earn his first win of the season.

Austin Wilson was sharp in two innings of relief allowing no hits or walks to earn his first save of the season.

Offensively, the Braves broke open a one run game with three crossing the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Keagan Spradlin had two hits and an RBI to lead the offense.

Junior outfielder Ethan Brant has a sparkling .407 batting average this season.

Junior outfielder Ethan Brant has a sparkling .407 batting average this season.

Logan Ward, Chandler Polk, and Ethan Brant each drove in single runs and Brant stole two bases.

Spradlin took the hill in game two and dominated the Blue Devil line-up start to finish to earn his second win of the season.

The senior hurler allowed no earned runs on just two hits and one walk while striking out a season high 10 batters. Spradlin also helped himself at the plate with a double and two RBI’s.

The Brave offense plated two runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings. Ethan Brant and Tristan Brown both had two hit games.

Brown’s .420 batting average leads the team but Brant is not far behind with a .407 average at the dish.

The win gives the Braves a 3-0 record in Region 5-AA play thus far this season with three game sets still pending versus Temple, Bremen, and Bowdon in the coming weeks.

The Braves may need to practically win out to take the region title as the Bowdon Red Devils currently are undefeated on the season and ranked No. 1 in the state of Georgia in Class AA.

While most of Heard High’s sports teams will be off next week for spring break, the varsity Braves will face the Tigers in a single home game on Tuesday followed by a doubleheader at Temple on Friday.

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