Braves Bats Erupt, beat Giants 9-3

July 12, 2017

OAKTON, VA- On a muggy night at Oakton High School, the Braves offense would fire on all cylinders in a 9-3 win over the Gaithersburg Giants.

The battery mate of Jon Mahoney and Mitch Mendler would get off to a terrific start. Mahoney, pounding the strike zone and mixing speeds, would let up a lead off single, only for the Giants runner to be erased on a perfect throw by Mendler on a strike him out throw him out. Cayden Stover and Richard Constantine would stay hot at the plate, both singling with one out, but would be left on base to keep the game scoreless through inning number one.

Bowen Plagge would lead off the 2nd inning with a single, and Mitch Mendler would advance him to second with a base on balls. Chandler Miller would bloop a single to right, loading the bases for Cayden Stover. Stover would deliver, ripping a double to left center field to score Plagge and Miller. Richard Constantine would follow up Stover with a double of his own, this scoring two Braves. Alex Bernauer would later single home Constantine, making it 5-0 Braves in only the 2nd inning.

The Giants would answer back the Braves big inning with an RBI single that tipped off Chandler Miller's glove at 2nd base, scoring a Giant in the process. However, Mahoney would bear down and strike out the next batter swinging.

Another big inning was in sight for the Braves in the 4th. Cayden Stover would lead off the inning with a ground rule double to left field, and then advance to 3rd on a Constantine single. Alex Bernauer would scorch a line drive to left field, deep enough to score the speedy Stover from 3rd base. Nick Wheeler would then launch a long, two-run home run to left field, making it 8-1 Braves. 

In the top half of the 6th inning, the Giants would put the first two runners on in an effort to try and cut the big Braves lead to a manageable deficit. With one out, a Giant would hit a high fly ball to left field, which Michael Kuzbel lost in the lights. Two runs would come across for the Giants, trimming the Braves lead to 8-3. Again, filling the zone and mixing speeds, Mahoney would bear down and minimize the damage with a big strikeout and ground out to keep the Braves in a comfortable 8-3 lead.

Southpaw Randolf Flores would relief the terrifc Mahoney in the 7th inning. Flores would retire the first Giant on a ground out, but Gaithersburg would battle back, loading the bases with two outs. Flores would induce a lazy fly ball to left field, ending the threat. 

The Braves would tack on another insurance run in the 8th inning on a solo shot to left off the bat of Cayden Stover. 

John Defazio would come onto the mound in the 9th to seal the victory for the Braves, allowing one hit and striking out one. 

With the win, the Braves improve to 14-19. They will be back in action tomorrow, July 13, to face the Silver Springs-Tacoma T-Bolts at Oakton High School. First pitch is set for 7:00pm.