Braves defeat rival Demons 6-2

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By Matt Birkholtz

The game was even until a long fly ball into deep left field by Braves sophomore Jordan Martin, hit the band tower for a two-run homer, and swung the advantage in favor of Grant County, as they defeated Williamstown 6-2 on May 5.

“It felt good for it to be my first home run and get the win over Williamstown,” he said.

For the Braves it was their first game in nearly a month and Grant County coach Darrick Lee said he felt the team played like they hadn’t played in a month.

“The game went the way I thought it would, but anytime you don’t play in almost a month, your team is going to be a little flat,” he said.

Martin was 2-for-3 in the game with three runs batted in with the two-run home run.

“It was a good shot and I played good,” he said.

For Williamstown senior pitcher Kevin McCullough, it was a better game than he felt was anticipated.

“It was really good to face Grant County,” he said. “I think people were expecting a blowout and we ended up only losing by four.”

Even though he saw the score as a positive, the loss was still hard for McCullough.

“Some days we’re there and sometimes we’re not,” he said. “I wish we could be there everyday.”

McCullough said he doesn’t know why the team isn’t always performing to their potential.

The Demons struggle with hitting with runners on base. In the fourth inning, the Demons had two on base and only one out and could not manufacture any runs.

“I guess they just go up there and strikeout or don’t even listen,” McCullough said. “They will swing at bad pitches and watch the good ones fly right down the middle of the plate,”

In order to improve from their 0-13 record, McCullough said that first-year coach A.J. Mason has been getting the players some live hitting on the mound during practices.

“That is starting to help everyone out and each game is helping us,” McCullough said. “We are struggling, but we are getting there.”

The Braves have improved their record to 9-2 and at press time were heading to face district rival Walton-Verona in Walton.

“We have seven games left and in order to be ready for the district tournament we have to focus on our goal as a team, which is to be district champions,” Lee said.

Next for Williamstown is the North Central Kentucky Conference, as the Demons will search for their first win against Walton –Verona at 5:30 p.m. May 12.