Braves Outslug Grays in High-Scoring Affair
June 18, 2017
In a game that saw 29 total combined hits, Herndon managed to improve its standing in the win column with a 18-7 victory over the D.C. Grays on Sunday night.
Both offenses were ready to go right off the bat, as both the Grays and Braves scraped a run across in the first inning.
Herndon’s run came as a result of a Ciaran Devenney sacrifice fly, tying it up 1-1.
The Grays bounced right back, tacking on two runs in the top of the second thanks to a Darius Gillus single.
The third inning played host to an absolute offensive onslaught from Herndon, as the club would put up a 10 spot on the scoreboard to take an 11-3 lead.
Ciaran Devenney would add to what proved to be a career night by starting off the inning’s scoring with a three-run homer that was a no-doubter over the left field fence.
Following the addition of a couple base runners, Dakota Graham laced a broken-bat single up the middle that brought both runs in to make it 6-3.
Chandler Miller kept the momentum going with a 2-RBI double that stretched the lead to 8-3.
Wanting to join the doubles club shortly thereafter was Brett Norwood, who lined one to the outfield, bringing in Miller to make it 9-3.
Returning to the plate for his second at-bat of the inning, Devenney roped a single that brought in another pair, increasing the lead to eight.
The Grays would quickly shake that half inning off, as they would respond with four runs in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit in half.
The Braves would nullify that effort in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four to reclaim an eight-run lead.
Chandler Miller added to his night with a two-run longball, followed by a pair of RBI singles from Nick Wheeler and Ciaran Devenney.
Both offenses remained quiet for the next two innings, but Herndon strung together a line of hits in the bottom of the seventh and added a trio of runs to make it 18-7, the eventual final score.
On the mound for the Braves, Austin Kunde was the highlight, throwing two innings of relief and allowing no hits while striking out two.
With the win, the Braves improve to 7-6 on the season.
The team’s next game will be a home game tomorrow, Monday June 19 against the Rockville Express. The game will be held at Oakton High School, and first pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.