October 22, 2020

Braves sweep region series in Barnesville

(Barnesville, GA) — The Braves moved to 3-0 in Region 5-AA play Friday after scoring back-to-back road wins at Lamar County to complete the first region series of the season.

The bats continued to set the pace with the Brave offense scoring double digits for the third straight contest.

In game one, the Braves won 12-2 in five innings and in the nightcap the winning margin was 12-6 in a full seven innings of play.

Senior southpaw Lee Kay earned the win in game one after tossing five plus innings and allowing just two earned runs while fanning six.

In game two, fellow senior Trey Alford got his third win of the season. Alford scattered three hits and two walks over five innings while striking out four.

Ethan Brant closed out game one in relief while A.J. Head came on to pitch the final two innings of game two.

Several Braves had nice days offensively including freshman shortstop Dale Thornhill who tallied four hits including three doubles to go along with five RBI’s and four runs. Thornhill is off to a nice start in his high school career and is batting .385 for the season.

Freshman shortstop Dale Thornhill (Photo: Gary Jones)

Freshman shortstop Dale Thornhill had 3 doubles and 5 RBI’s Friday (Photo: Gary Jones)

Logan Ward had four hits on the day and scored four runs. Ward has been a solid bat all season and is currently second on the team in hitting with a .451 average.

Kay has been scorching hot as of late and leads the team in hitting with a .479 average through the first 16 games.

Kay has tallied multiple hits in five straight games and also leads the team in RBI’s with 23.

Another nice surprise in Coach Trent Bianco’s lineup has been senior left fielder Drew Hopkins.

Hopkins had three hits Friday and drove in two. He currently sports a .314 average for the season.

The Braves will face another important Region 5-AA series next week when they do battle with the Jordan Red Jackets.

An improved Jackets squad stands at 3-3 in region play with two wins over Temple and a win over Lamar.

The Braves will travel to Columbus to face the jackets in a single game Tuesday afternoon at 4:15 PM and will return to Alford Field for a doubleheader Friday afternoon in Franklin with a game one first pitch at 4:30 PM.

For updates, photos, and other information on Braves baseball visit Heard County Braves Baseball on Facebook.

Click here to learn more about an upcoming spring break baseball camp being hosted by Coach Bianco and the Braves.

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