October 28, 2020

Braves sweep series with Tigers

(Franklin, GA) — The Braves earned two more wins over the visiting Temple Tigers Friday afternoon in two totally different ways, scoring a nail-biting 7-6 comeback win in game one and then rolling to a huge 21-6 blowout win in game two.

The Tigers (5-13, 1-8 in Region 5-AA) put up a strong fight in game one after taking a 6-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth inning.

Tiger starter Hunter Davis was able to keep the big Brave bats at bay before the home squad made the furious comeback, scoring seven over the last three innings.

Auston Wilson again came through for the Braves with a walk-of single in the bottom of the seventh to cap the one run comeback victory.

In game two, it was all Braves as the offense exploded for 21 runs in just three innings to build momentum towards next week’s huge Region 5-AA championship series versus rival Callaway.

“You have to give credit to their starting pitcher in game one today,” said Coach Trent Bianco after Friday’s doubleheader. “He did a good job of keeping our guys off-balance and we just didn’t do a good job of making in-game adjustments. It’s something we have done a better job at, so we’ve got to get that fixed because next week and heading into the playoffs, we don’t have the luxury of just hoping that we can piece something together.”

Senior Brave Drew Hopkins (Photo: Melanie Boyd/Times-Georgian)

Senior Brave Drew Hopkins (Photo: Melanie Boyd/Times-Georgian)

Bianco was pleased to see the resilience of his squad to battle back against the live dog.

“I am proud of our guys for battling back and getting the win. Any region win is a big one,” said Bianco.

The Braves offense has been one of the best of all time with a .378 batting average and five players hitting .397 or above.

Senior Ethan Brant had a big day going 5-for-9 in the doubleheader with three RBI’s and four runs.

Lee Kay went 4-for-6 to raise his team high batting average to .515 for the season. He had four runs and three RBI’s.

Freshman Dale Thornhill had four base hits to raise his average to .419 on the year. Bryan Jones also had four hits, three RBI”s and three runs while Logan Ward had four hits and three RBI’s.

Wilson earned his team high seventh win of the season and second of the series after tossing four innings of relief of starter Trey Alford in game one.

The Braves (17-5, 9-0) now prepare to meet arch rival Callaway (17-7,9-0) in a three game series next week to determine not only the Region 5-AA Champ but also the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.

The Braves will host the Cavs at 5:30 PM Tuesday before traveling to Lagrange for a doubleheader Friday at 4:30 PM.

The Braves and Cavs are currently ranked No. 3 and No. 6 respectively in Class AA by Score Atlanta.

Fans are encouraged to wear white in support of the Braves at Tuesday’s home game and students who wear white will be admitted for FREE.

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