The Braves have done it again, winning another conference game in the stacked NHC by the slimmest of margins, this time a 2-1 victory over the DeKalb Barons on Thursday night to stretch to a 4-1 mark amongst the Northeast Hoosier Conference teams.
Bellmont junior ace Matt Chronister found himself in a pitching duel once again going the distance for all seven innings allowing only one run in the ball game on six hits.
The Barons struck first in the top of the first when DeKalb lead-off hitter Casey Stafford hit a bloop double to right field between two Braves to start the game. The next two Barons flew out and then clean up hitter Nick McDonald stroked a ground rule double to center field scoring Stafford to make the score 1-0 Dekalb.
DeKalb starter Dylan Cagle, 6-0 coming into play, gave up back-to-back singles by Gunnar Cale and Brooks Faurote in the first, but Bellmont could not squeeze a run across.
Chronister would settle down in the second inning going one-two-three and for the rest of the game would only allow at most four at-bats to DeKalb per inning the rest of the game having great success with his fastball and off-speed pitches. The Braves' junior even struck out the side in the fifth inning.
“Chroni threw very well tonight and our defense played exceptionally well," Braves' coach Ben Fawbush praised. "We hit the ball better, but still have a ways to go.”