Braves not content after ending sectional drought


With one more win this postseason, the Brownstown Central baseball team makes history.

The Braves have made it to the regional round once, after winning their first sectional in 1982.

Despite taking the title, Brownstown fell to host school Jeffersonville at Memorial Park that season.

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Saturday, the Braves face Evansville Memorial (20-9) in the regional semifinals at League Stadium in Huntingburg on Saturday with the first pitch set for 11 a.m.

The 1992 film “A League of Their Own” was shot at the stadium.

Brownstown Central baseball coach John Lawson has obtained information throughout the week on Memorial.

“I’m trying to (get) some information from the other coaches,” Lawson said. “I had a couple responses (Wednesday). They have solid pitching, their No. 1 is an upper to mid-80s guy. We have to be ready to swing the bat because he’s going to throw strikes.”

On Memorial Day, Monday, the Braves defeated Scottsburg 5-3 before upsetting Class 3A No. 2 Silver Creek 6-3 to earn the sectional championship at North Harrison.

For Lawson, the game brought back memories of the ‘82 season — when he played on the team.

“Everything that I’ve been through went through my mind from back in ‘82,” Lawson said. “I wanted for these guys so bad. I remember how we felt when we won it. It was a tight game there for a while until we took the lead, and we were just praying for three outs. Once we made that third out it was just an amazing feeling.”

The Braves combined for 17 hits between the two games, with nine in the championship game.

Senior Zach McCory accounted for five of those hits, including a pair of doubles.

He said that solid hitting could make the difference the rest of the way.

“I think we’re having a lot better at-bats,” McCory said. “Our approach is a lot better. We’re doing more situational stuff to move guys around and score.”

The Braves have minimized their errors in the field, and McCory said he looks for that trend to continue.

“We need to keep everything in front,” McCory said. “Our defense has been pretty solid this year. We’ve only had a couple of lapses. If we keep the ball in front, we’re going to be doing alright.”

Against Silver Creek, senior Tyler Lawson pitched for the Braves against the Dragons.

“There were a couple times where I walked (a batter) and it got to me,” Tyler Lawson said. “I just had to calm down and not let it get to me. I just tried to throw strikes and keep it in the zone. The defense was doing really well, so I just had to keep doing what I was doing.”

Looking ahead to their game with Memorial, the Braves will likely either pitch Tyler Lawson or fellow-senior Austin Green, John Lawson said.

“We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing (pitching-wise),” Tyler Lawson said. “You can’t let the pressure get to you. We need to get ahead in the counts — that’s a major thing. If you get behind in the counts you’re going to be throwing fastballs and they will be teeing-off. Against bigger teams, that’s a problem we’ve had (falling behind).”

Should the Braves (22-5) win their game against Memorial, the championship game should prove an even tougher matchup.

No. 1 Jasper (27-3) plays Greensburg (15-8) on the other side of the bracket at 2 p.m.

The championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. that evening.

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