Errors sink Braves in loss to Cougars



Not all errors make it to the scoresheet.

In an added game, against a tough squad, Brownstown Central’s found itself on the wrong end of a 7-2 loss to Bloomington North on Friday.

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While the Braves finished with four recorded errors in the game, BC coach Brandon Tormoehlen felt that the team missed more opportunities than that.

“I think we had eight to 10 mental mistakes tonight,” Tormoehlen said. “When you face a good team, they take advantage of that.”

The Braves (6-5) got on the board in the first inning despite not recording a hit.

Ian Martin reached first base on an error by the Cougars before the Cougars loaded the bases on a pair of walks. Matthew Bell, Martin’s courtesy runner, plated a run thank to a wild pitch.

Both teams went down in order in the second inning before the Cougars scored three runs in the top of the third inning.

The Cougars loaded the bases on a pair of singles, and an error by BC, before scoring two runs off an error from shortstop to second base.

A sacrifice to center field bolstered the Cougar’s lead to 3-1 going into the bottom of the third. While the Braves loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, they wouldn’t score a run.

North swapped pitchers with two outs in the third inning.

The Cougars scored on an RBI double to lead 4-1 before taking the Braves down in order in the fourth inning.

Isaiah Wineinger was substituted for Seth Borden on the mound to start the fifth inning for BC.

North scored another runner in the fifth inning on an RBI single before the Braves managed their first hits of the game. In the bottom, Matthew Garland and Martin each had singles for BC.

A two-run homer to right-center field pushed North’s lead to 7-1 before the Braves scored one run in the final half-inning.

With one out and loaded bases, Borden hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 7-2.

A double play with the next at-bat stopped any chances of a comeback.

The Braves were outhit 9-3 in the game. North finished with two errors.

Wineinger took the loss on the mound, recording two strikeouts to go along with six hits, two walks, and four runs in four innings of work.

“Bloomington North are a really good squad, they beat Cathedral (Thursday) 4-2,” Tormoehlen said. “I thought Wineinger did a good job of working ahead and keeping them off balance. We just made too many mental mistakes.”

North used contrasting pitchers to hold the Braves’ offense at bay.

“(Their pitchers) did a good job,” Tormoehlen said. “Their first guy come out and threw low 80s (mph) and low 70s, and their second guy was the exact opposite. He was a junk-baller — kind of a snake charmer — that didn’t throw hard. We tried to do the same thing, but backwards.”

Brownstown will play a rescheduled game at Bedford North Lawrence today.

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