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Braves fall to Bearcats in district tourney

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

The Grant County Braves baseball team battled heat, humidity and hot parents in their 32nd district match up against the Walton-Verona Bearcats on May 19 at GCHS.

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Temperatures hovered near 90 degrees, but parents and fans on both sides of the dugouts were even hotter as the Bearcats went on to beat the Braves 5-3.

A controversial call on a triple by Jason Goe had Walton-Verona fans jumping up and yelling while Grant County fans quipped back in disbelief as the umpire ruled the play was a foul ball, erasing two runs that came in on Goe’s hit.
GCHS Coach Darrin Robinson protested the call, but it did not change the umpire’s mind.

 Robinson said he was most proud of his team because they never quit.
“This team, as the season went on, played hard till the last out,” he said.

The Braves had bested the Bearcats twice in the regular season, once in a shutout by a score of 12-0 and later by a score of 2-1.
Robinson said he was most pleased about the Braves’ pitching during the opening round of the district tournament.
“We had outstanding pitching from our pitchers,” he said.

The one area that Robinson said the team needed to do better was to improve their hitting against the Bearcats.
“We just did not hit when we needed to,” he said.
The Braves had beaten the Bearcats just four days before the district game by a score of 2 – 1 with strong defense at GCHS.

Robinson said he was also pleased with the team’s overall performance, despite the loss in district play.
“Every player contributed in the district game from hitting, to fielding or just being a great team mate,” Robinson said.