Braves Split Twin bill vs. Aces
July 16, 2017
ALEXANDRIA, VA- The Braves headed south to face CRCBL leading Alexandria Aces in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon and earned a much needed split.
In a game suspended from July 14, the Braves sent out righty Collin Bazemore to the hill in the 2nd inning when play resumed. The Aces put two runners on base for an early threat, but Bazemore induced an inning-ending ground ball out to work out of the early threat.
In the 3rd inning, Bowen Plagge would single to right field and advance to 2nd on a wild pitch. He would then advance to 3rd on a dropped third strike, and then come home on a wild pitch with Mitch Mendler batting.
The Aces would answer back, but not until the 5th inning. Two Braves errors would end up costing them, as the Aces would take a 2-1 lead on an RBI single by Todd Elwood. They would add another run in the 7th, as a lead off double would come around to score two batters later on a single to left by Eli Boggess to make the score 3-1.
The Braves would have an answer of their own in the bottom half of the 5th, as Mitch Mendler jump-started the rally with a lead off single to right field. Two batters later, Cayden Stover would single to left, and Conner Hall would lay down a beautiful bunt down the 3rd base line, only to watch the Aces catcher make a throwing error to score Mendler and advance both Stover and Hall into scoring position. Richard Constantine would hit a bouncing ball to shortstop, scoring Stover to tie the game at 3-3.
Pinch-hitter Alex Bernauer would come up in the bottom of the 9th, with the game still tied at 3. He would work a nine-pitch walk and represented the game-winning run. The speedy Nick Wheeler would pinch-run for Bernauer, as he advanced to 2nd on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Dakota Graham. Cayden Stover would work a walk, and Conner Hall would single to right field to load the bases for the Braves, as the game-winning run would be only 90 feet away. Richard Constantine would single, scoring Wheeler as the Braves walked-off the Aces, 4-3
Braydyn Vogtsberger would earn the win for the Braves, pitching one inning, only allowing one hit. Richard Constantine would have two hits including two RBI's to push his average up to a formidable .429.
The Braves looked to keep the momentum on their side in a shortened 7 inning contest against the Aces. Neither team would score in the first two innings.
Tim Johnson would lead off the 2nd inning with a double to left center, and Richard Constantine would single him home to give the Braves an early 1-0 lead. After a Cayden Stover walk, Ciarran Devenney would launch a three-run home run to pad the Braves lead to 4-0.
The Aces would respond to the Braves inning with a big inning of their own. A lead off double would score on a single to left to cut the Braves lead to 4-1. An error by the Braves would bring home another run for the Aces, as well as a wild pitch and three singles, as the Aces jumped out in front 6-4. The Aces would add another run in the bottom of the 4th when a a sacrifice fly to right field would be deep enough to bring home an Ace.
In the 5th, Conner Hall would single to right field and advance to 2nd on a Cayden Stover single. Richard Constantine would triple and bring home Hall and Stover to knot the game at 4-4. In the bottom half of the 5th, the Aces would retake the lead on a Braves error to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Aces.
The Aces would add two more runs in the 6th on a pair of solo home runs. The Braves would come up in the 7th chasing four runs. Richard Constantine would single and advance to 2nd on a throwing error. Ciarran Devenney would double bringing home Constantine. Alex Bernauer would fly out to deep center field, and Bowen Plagge would work a one out walk. A strikeout would put the Braves one out away from defeat, but Michael Kuzbel singled to lengthen the game. Conner Hall would work a walk to score Devenney. Unfortunately for the Braves, a strike out would end the game with a final score of 10-8.
With the split, the Braves record is 15-21. Their next game is July 17 as they take on the D.C. Grays at Oakton High School. First pitch is set for 7:00pm. with