Braves continue winning ways, pick up MSC win

The Brownstown Central boy’s tennis team remained hot by blanking Charlestown 5-0 in a Mid-Southern Conference match Monday on the BC courts.

The Braves (11-2, 6-2 MSC) have won eight straight matches since losing to Scottsburg on Aug. 24.

Coach Mitchell Taylor was pleased with the team effort as the Braves swept the singles matches as Max McClure and Reece Carlin at No. 2 doubles were the only Brownstown players to lose a set.

“They came out and took care of business,” Taylor said. “I think my one doubles and my three singles, at first they were just were trying to adjust to the guys they were playing, but once they figured them out they really started putting pace on the ball and began playing their own game.”

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The No. 1 doubles team of Gunnar Zickler and Jackson Lahrman put away Branden Broady and Jacob Roberts 6-2, 6-4, and No. 3 singles player Adam Pottschmidt was a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Michael Gillooly.

Braves senior Ethan Carlin dominated Isaac Bates from the start with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles.

Ethan Wischmeier defeated Eric Wiggington 6-0 in the first set and was up 4-1 in the second set when the Pirate player retired.

It took McClure and Reece Carlin three sets to get the job done at No. 2 doubles, as they won 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 over Alex Wright and Jase Smith.

“I feel we’re starting to hit a good run of tennis here,” Taylor said. “I’ve been pretty tough on them the last couple weeks as far as trying not to be complacent, (making them) work hard in practice and take every match seriously, as serious as the last one.

“I think these last couple of matches they’re starting to the idea with us getting close to sectional of just how focused and concentrated they’ve got to be in order to win a sectional championship. I think we’re headed in the right direction.”

The Braves will make up the Brown County Invite Saturday where they will face the Eagles, Corydon Central and Southwestern (Shelby), then will close out the regular season Monday at Austin before turning their sights to the Seymour Sectional.