Herndon Slides Past Silver Spring-Takoma in Extras
June 11, 2017
SILVER SPRING, MD – Following last night’s convincing win against the Redbirds of Baltimore, the Herndon Braves snuck out with an extra-inning win in Maryland against the SS-T T Bolts by a score of 8-7.
For the second game in a row, the Braves managed to jump out ahead in the first inning, thanks to a Ciaran Devenney RBI double.
The T Bolts responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the second, as a fielder’s choice allowed Garrett Stonehouse to score, making it 1-1.
A defensive miscue from the T Bolts in the fourth made way for an offensive barrage that would take place over the next two innings. As a result of that error, Dakota Graham crossed the plate to reclaim the lead at 2-1, and then a Brett Norwood RBI single would extend the lead to 3-1.
The T Bolts disrupted the momentum temporarily in the bottom of the fourth, as Jimmy Cain laced a triple into the outfield that scored two, erasing the Herndon advantage.
Answering right back would be the Braves lineup, as Ciaran Devenney once again roped an RBI double that brought in Sammy Stevens.
Shortly thereafter, Dakota Graham belted a two-run homer that put the Braves up 6-3.
The pesky T Bolts offense would not rest, however, as the team would go on to scrounge up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to reciprocate Herndon’s efforts in the top half of the inning.
Both teams would go quietly in the sixth and seventh innings, but the Braves would tack on another run in the top of the eighth, where another error from Silver Spring would allow Kyle Benjamin to score and make it 7-6.
With only six outs left to secure a win, the Braves’ plans of locking it up in the bottom of the ninth were cut short in the bottom half of the eighth, as the T Bolts managed to knot things up at 8-8 on a wild pitch that enabled Tommy Gardiner to score.
With nothing doing for the next three innings, the Braves found themselves in extra innings when Kyle Benjamin stepped up to the plate in the 12th and tallied an RBI single to bring in Cayden Stover, the eventual game-winning run.
On the mound for the Braves, Conner Hall was dominant in his relief stint of 2 and 2/3 innings. The last pitcher to come in for Herndon, Hall closed out the T Bolts without giving up a hit, striking out four in the process.
With the win, the Braves return to .500 ball at 3-3.
The team’s next game will be tomorrow against the D.C. Grays at the Washington Nationals Academy. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m.