Braves drop home game against Woodlan
The Bellmont Braves dropped their third straight loss on Wednesday night entertaining the Woodlan Warriors in a non-conference battle 8-0 at the Teepee.
The Braves are now 7-3 after winning their first seven to start the year and they played without coach Ben Fawbush who served his one-game suspension for being thrown out of game two of the Huntington North double-header on Saturday.
While Woodlan's offense was methodical in their delivery a day after downing Adams Central, 8-4, the Braves by contrast could not manufacture anything with their bats despite nabbing six hits in the game.
Shawn Kitzmiller broke open the scoring with a triple in the top of the first and scored on the next play from an RBI groundout by Rick Ehle. In the second, Brad Barker was awarded first base on a hit-by-pitch ruling that seemed as though it hit his hands which would have been considered part of the bat. The call would prove big as three batters later, Barker scored on a safety squeeze from Jared Emenhiser for the 2-0 lead.
Bellmont failed to score in the second with two runners on thanks to singles from Mason Shinabery and Sawyer Boyd. Woodlan hurler Garrett Van Brocklin struck out three Braves getting out of the jam.
In the Woodlan half, another run plated as Bellmont pitcher Trace Bauer walked two batters to start the inning. Greg White would score after stealing second, then took third on a wild pitch. Catcher Kyle Wittwer lost sight of the ball and during the search White took home.
After a scoreless fourth, Woodlan got another run on a wild pitch and Ehle scored on a Dylan Gerig single making it 5-0 Warriors. They would add three more in the seventh when Gerig singled, Barker was hit by another pitch, and both scored on a Jacob Summers double. Summers' runner Spencer Sharrar scored on a single from Van Brocklin for the eighth and final run of the game.