Herndon Splits Doubleheader in D.C.
June 26, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – GAME 1
In the first game of a doubleheader against the D.C. Grays, the Herndon Braves rather easily handled their opponent, winning 5-1.
The Grays’ offense was never able to muster up any momentum against a strong Braves’ pitching staff, and a pair of innings’ worth of scoring was all Herndon needed to pull out the victory.
The game’s first runs came in the top of the second, as Tim Johnson drove in Cayden Stover to make it 1-0, followed by a wild pitch granting Dakota Graham a trip home to make it 2-0.
D.C. responded in the bottom of the second, cutting the lead in half with a RBI single.
Brett Norwood made his presence known in the fourth, roping a 2-RBI double to the outfield, bringing in Bowen Plagge and Conner Hall.
Later in the inning, Michael Kuzbel helped to add the Braves’ fifth and final run, driving in Norwood with a RBI double.
On the mound for the Braves, both pitchers were excellent, as Bryce Nightengale threw five innings allowing one run on three hits, and Reid Frazier, two innings of one hit ball.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Braves were not nearly as explosive offensively, falling to the Grays by a score of 4-1.
In the bottom of the third, D.C. took a 2-0 lead after a 2-run home run from Lamar Briggs.
In the following inning, the Grays added another pair on two RBI singles to make it a 4-0 advantage.
The Braves were unable to add a tally to the scoreboard until the sixth inning, where a Nick Wheeler solo shot would prove to be the only run for the team in game 2.
On the mound for the Braves, Ethan Delahunty and Chase Bailey shined in relief, throwing a combined 2.1 innings, surrendering zero hits.
With the split in D.C., the Braves sit at 10-11 on the season.
The team’s next game will be Wednesday, June 28 following tomorrow’s scheduled day off. The Braves will take on the Bethesda Big Train at Oakton High School at 7:00 p.m.