SOLID OUTING: Braves earn MSC win



Scoring runs in five of its six innings at the plate, Brownstown Central’s baseball team found its offensive rhythm on Thursday night.

The Braves used nine hits and solid base-running to earn a 9-3 Mid-Southern Conference win over Scottsburg.

In the first inning, the Braves (6-4, 2-2 MSC) opened up the scoring on an RBI double from Seth Borden.

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Following a scoreless second inning, both teams added a pair of runs to their totals in the third.

With loaded bases and no outs, Matthew Bell was substituted for Eli Brown on the mound for BC in the top of the third inning. The Warriors took advantage of the opportunity, scoring on a sacrifice and an RBI double to take a 2-1 lead.

Gus Hogan’s solo homer to right-center field re-tied the game in the bottom of the third. Another RBI double by Borden would give the Braves the lead back at 3-2 going into the fourth.

The next three scoring plays for BCHS game off wild pitches.

Luke Shelton plated a run in the fourth and Borden and Stuart Hayden each added runs in the fifth inning to boost the Braves advantage to 6-3.

“We have some guys with experience, as far as running the bases goes,” Braves coach Brandon Tormoehlen. “I tell them that if they’re going to mistakes, make aggressive ones. They showed they took that to heart tonight. They did a good job.”

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Braves added some insurance, as Isaiah Wineinger and Matthew Garland each had RBI singles. Garland would also score the final run for the Braves in the game, coming home off a fielding error by the Warriors.

Wineinger and Borden each had three hits in the game and Hogan totaled two.

Brown pitched five innings, with five hits, four strikeouts, three walks and one run for the win.

Tormoehlen coached the Warriors the past two years prior to taking the job at BCHS this spring.

“I love all those guys over there to death,” Tormoehlen said. “I wish them the best of luck. It was nice to see a nice crowd out here. Any time you can get a quality conference win it’s a good thing. Our guys did a good job of staying patient, balanced and hitting hard ground balls up the middle”

The Braves will play a home game against Bloomington North — added to the schedule earlier in the week — tonight.

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