Braves oust Columbia City in dual
FINDING THEIR SWINGSâ€” Bellmontâ€™s Jake Hall explodes on a ball during the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic earlier this year. Hallâ€™s triple against Columbia City was key in the win Monday night. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
The Braves made due with what they had at the plate Monday night rocking another conference victory over Columbia City at home, 3-1.
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Ryan Okoniewski pitched a complete game victory for the Braves allowing just one run on seven scattered hits with zero walks and four K's.
"Tonight was a great game," Bellmont coach Ben Fawbush noted. "Ryan pitched extremely well and I couldn't have asked for more of him. His off-speed stuff was working well mixed with his fastball."
The Eagles opened up the scoring in the top of the first as Travis Herbst and Keaton Reed each singled to start the game. Ryan Kerschner's double plated Herbst to put runners on second and third with nobody out and the Braves down a run.
After Okoniewski buckled down for a strikeout, Trace Bauer caught a liner at third and stepped on the bag for a rally-killing double play to end the inning and the harm.
Bellmont would recover the run in the bottom half when Brett Baker singled, then stole second and third before scoring on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the third, Bellmont would open up a two-run lead witha two-out rally as Baker stroked his second hit of the game to get things started. Jake Hall would come up big the next at-bat tripling to right field scoring Baker and giving the Braves the lead for good.
Hall would steal home for the third run of the game.