The Braves seniors that were present for Senior Day were honored prior to the game against Danvile last Monday. From left to right: Tony Alford, Robert Chausse, Sam Gilman, Carter Thornton and Ben Hanneken.
By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion baseball team picked up two wins in two games last week defeating Danville and Champaign Centennial. In the Danville game, the Braves were led by Chase Fink’s two triples in his first varsity start and two-hits, two RBIs and seven strikeouts from Sam Driscoll.
The Braves and Danville battled back and forth to start the first two innings with the Braves taking a 3-2 lead after the first two innings. Then in the bottom of the fourth, the Braves’ offense broke the game open.
Fink led off the fourth inning with a triple. Jackson Beiler led off with a walk and then Drew Hittmeier got on base with an E4 that brought Fink across the plate.
Both players were able to seal a base and then Robert Chausse was walked. Brendan Doyle then stepped to the plate and launched a three RBI-double over the Danville centerfielder to give the Braves a 7-2 lead. The Braves ended the inning ahead 8-2.
Centennial scored five runs in the fifth inning, but were still down 8-7.
We were sloppy, very very sloppy,” Head coach JD Arnold said. “I didn’t think we were ready to go and showed in our bats and the way we defended.”
The Braves picked up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and put up two shut out innings with the help of Carter Thornton closing out the game with five strikeouts.
“We need to improve in overall focus and execution. I don’t know if there’s any fine details that we need to get better at,” Coach Arnold said. “We do it, we can do it every day in practice, but when we don’t show up ready to play, we’re not a very good baseball team. We saw that today.”
The Braves improved to 3-1 overall. This week the Braves will face Effingham and Shelbyville.