Neuman, Chargers hold Braves to three hits in loss, 9-1
Matt Chronister delivers a pitch to the plate. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
Coming off an emotional win against Heritage on Wednesday night, the Braves turned their attention to the visiting Carroll Chargers at home on Thursday but a seven-run sixth inning spelled doom for Bellmont in a 9-1 loss.
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Through five innings, Jordan Hilyard was throwing a gem of a baseball game allowing seven hits scattered around holding the Chargers to just two runs and Bellmont trailed by just a run at 2-1.
Drue Tranquill started the seven-run rally in the top of six with a double to right-centerfield. Grant Inman followed suit in almost the same exact spot for another double scoring Tranquill before Trevor Snyder stroked his second extra base hit of the day, a homerun, over the right field fence making it 5-1 Carroll.
The wheels came off for Hilyard after that as he hit a batter and then walked another prompting a pitching change that brought Matt Chronister back on the mound for coach Ben Fawbush. The senior had just completed seven innings at Heritage in the Braves third win.
The first batter Chronister faced, Matt Owens, laid down a perfect bunt that was fielded by Jordan Jauregui but the senior's throw went into right field scoring another run for the Chargers. Luke Brunner's RBI groundout and then Ross Koble's two RBI single two batters later scored the final three runs of the inning giving the Chargers a commanding eight run lead.
Mason Neuman earned the victory on the mound for the Chargers going six innings. After the second inning, the senior was locked in and Bellmont registered just one hit the rest of the game as Neuman had 11 strikeouts total in the game.
After Carroll started the scoring off with one run in the second inning on back-to-back doubles, John Sefton had one of four Bellmont hits in the game starting off the second for Bellmont. Jordan Hilyard reached first base on a dribbler in front of the plate that was overthrown to second by Neuman off the mound moving the runners to second and third.
Brett Baker stepped in next and laced a line drive to the right side of the infield just off of the glove of Matt Miehls and Sefton came home to score. Dylan Call bunted the next at-bat and reached first for a hit when there was no play to make by the Carroll defense and the bases were loaded.
With no one out and the bases loaded, Bellmont could not manage to get another run to score in the inning. Neuman got a strikeout, then Max Collier's suicide squeeze attempt was missed and Hilyard was hung out to dry in a run down between home and third base for the second out. Neuman struck out another Braves batter to end the threat with the game tied at 1-1.