Robert Chausse fires in a pitch in a 2-1 win against Lincoln at Lincoln.
By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion baseball team went 2-1 last week losing one to Pleasant Plains and winning an Apollo Conference doubleheader against Lincoln on the road.
The Braves went down early in the first inning after Robert Chausse gave up two hits and a walk to start the game. The Braves defense got a double play and a fly out to centerfield to get out of the first inning.
“AfterWednesday, we had a bad inning in that game,” Head coach JD Arnold said. “We really talked about making routine plays and executing. And we did a really good job of that. Turning three double plays behind Bob (Chausse) when he was, when he was struggling a little bit.”
The Braves’ defense continued to execute and shutout the Railers for the next six innings while executing two more double plays. Then in the bottom of the third the Braves’ offense surged.
Sam Driscoll with one out hit a single. Aiden Weaver then stepped to the plate and launched an RBI triple to left-field that brought the tying run in Driscoll across home plate.
Jackson Beiler battled an at-bat and received a walk. Then Chausse hit a sac-fly good enough to bring Weaver across home plate to give the Braves a 2-1 lead that ended up being the run they needed to win 2-1.
In the second part of the doubleheader, the Braves won 3-0 in part due to a two-run home run by Chase Fink.
The Mt. Zion Braves improved to 12-8 overall and 6-2 in Apollo Conference play. This week the Braves will face Tolono-Unity, Marshall and Charleston.
“We have a busy week,” Coach Arnold said. “We want to get off to a good start here. It all starts with Sammy getting on base and then coming back to the mound and shutting them down the next inning ask we can get the ball rolling and it’s going to be good rolling into May I think.”