Robert Chausse fires in a pitch in a 6-5 loss to Charleston in Charleston.
By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion Braves went 3-1 last week picking up wins against Tolono-Unity, Marshall and Charleston and losing one to Charleston.
Against Charleston, the Braves lost the first of the doubleheader 6-5. In the first inning of the second inning, the Braves offense struck first.
“We had one bad half inning where we didn’t make two routine plays and we gave them five outs and that pretty much was the inning that lost us to game one,” Head coach JD Arnold said. “ And then that’s tough to do to bounce back in game two and we bounced back in game two and we were pretty solid. Our bats woke up halfway through that game.”
Sam Discolll was walked to start the game and Aiden Weaver stepped to the plate and knocked him in on an RBI single to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
Charleston scored no runs in the bottom of the first, but tied the game in the bottom of the second. The Braves retook the lead with a run in the top of the third to make the game 2-1 .
Brendan Doyle led off the fourth inning with a single for the Braves. Evan Hamrick received a walk and Chase Fink got on with a bunt that loaded the bases for Toney Alford. Alford hit a ball down the second base gap that brought in two RBIs that gave the Braves a 4-1 lead
Fink and Alford scored off wild pitches from third to home plate to give the Braves a 6-1 lead. The Braves went on to win the second game 11-1.
The Mt. Zion Braves improved to 15-9 overall and 7-3 in the Apollo Conference for second place as of right now. The Braves will face Sullivan, St. Joseph, Monticello and Mahomet-Seymour.
“We had a couple bad weeks where we went two and six over two weeks and we’ve bounced back and we’ve been five and two in the last two weeks and that’s good,” Coach Arnold said. “We started making routine plays, our focus level is up, our energy level is good, it is good to be rolling in May, to be honest with you. We have a tough week next week and then we’ve got another tough week to week after that to get us ready for the playoffs.”
Coach Arnold continued, “I think if we can win the week next week, we can go three and two next week. That’s big for us. We obviously need to sweep Mahomet to have a chance to win the conference. So those games Saturday will be big and St. Joe and Monticello will help us get ready for Mahomet.”