Braves Drop Opener to Reigning Champions
June 6, 2017
VIENNA, VA – In Herndon’s first game of the season, the team was unable to edge out last year’s CRCBL LCS Champion Bethesda Big Train, falling by a score of 6-1.
The offense was rather slow for the Braves out of the gate, but it was timely hits from the Big Train that contributed to an early home-team deficit.
For the Big Train, Blake Sanderson drove in the game’s first run with a single in the top of the second. Later in the frame, they added another; this time, unearned, as Gaby Cruz scored to give his team an early 2-0 lead.
The Braves answered in the following inning, as a sacrifice fly from Cayden Stover in the third cut the lead in half. Both pitching staffs would settle in comfortably following that, as the game would see no runs until the sixth. It would be at that point where a Big Train line drive would find its way to centerfield, bringing in another run, making it 3-1.
Another run in the top of the seventh in the form of a Garrett Kueber RBI single extended the Bethesda lead to 4-1, and a sacrifice fly shortly after that made it 5-1.
The Big Train was not done, as they tacked on another insurance run in the top of the ninth before closing out the Braves for the team's first victory of the season.
On the mound for the Braves, Casey Goldenberg took the ball for his first start of the summer and performed impressively, allowing only two earned runs while striking out five in six innings of work.
With the loss, the Braves begin the season 0-1.
The Braves’ next game will be tomorrow, Wednesday June 7 against the Loudoun Riverdogs. The game will be played at Oakton High School, with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.