Lady Braves kickstart week with 10-4 win over Henryville


BROWNSTOWN — The Brownstown Central softball team scored in the first five innings of Monday’s home game against Henryville and rolled to a 10-4 win.

Braves Coach Darren Bryant said he liked the way the Braves swung the bats as they had 13 hits and received four walks while striking out five times.

Bryant spoke about the offensive outburst from the team.

“It was encouraging. Last year we played them there and we struggled to hit the ball,” he said. “This game always follows some games where we face tough pitching, and their pitching is not what we had been facing, and it takes time to get their timing down.”

“Today they came out and hit the ball well. I was pleased the way we hit the ball.”

The Braves started off hot as Kelsey Schneider led off the bottom of the first with a single. Rylee May was safe on a fielder’s choice and Kyndle Huddleston singled. Kinzee Dean and Sophie Wayt followed with singles and RBIs.

With one out in the second, Schneider walked, Emily Dillman hit into a fielder’s choice, May followed with a single and RBI. Dillman scored on an error and May scored on a delayed double steal.

May had a two-run single in the third, Wayt tripled and scored on a hit by Olivia Justice in the fourth.

Huddleston singled in the fifth and was replaced by pinch-runner Shyla Steele who scored on a bases-loaded walk to Justice.

Henryville took advantage of two Brownstown errors to score two unearned runs in the second inning, then used a triple, single and another error to score two more in the sixth.

Eight different Braves had hits with Huddleston getting three, and May, Wayt and Adelynn Anderson had two apiece.

Bryant said he was pleased to see the bottom three batters, Wayt, Justice and Anderson, combine for five hits and three runs. They were on base a combined eight times.

May had three RBIs, while Schneider, May, Huddleston and Wayt each scored two runs.

May went the distance on the mound for the Braves and allowed seven hits while striking six and walked one, with two strikeouts in the seventh.

Bryant said he was pleased with the senior left-hander.

“She pitched well. She has been pitching well all year. She is keeping the ball down much better than she did last year. Last year she gave up a few home runs. She has not done that this year, even against Hamilton Southeastern. She has got ahead in the count much better.”

Saturday the Braves lost games to Whiteland and Hamilton Southeastern at Whiteland and Bryant said it was good to see his team start this week with a win.

“They were kind of rough on us. They were very good schools. The Hamilton Southeastern pitcher was probably one of the best we’ll see all year. Against Whiteland we just played sloppy.”

The Braves are 7-4 and were home to Madison Tuesday,

Henryville; 4


Brownstown Hits: 3-Kyndle Huddleston, 2-Rylee May, Sophie Wayt, Adelynn Anderson, 1-Kelsey Schneider, Emily Dillman, Kinzee Dean, Olivia Justice; 3B-Wayt, 2B-May; RBIs- 3-May, 1-Dean, Wayt, Justice; Runs- 2-Schneider, May, Wayt; 1-Dillman, Huddleston, Shyla Steele, Anderson

Pitching: May 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 6 K, 1 W

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