Braves fall in first round of region tournament

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By Ryan Naus

With momentum following their big win over Walton-Verona, Grant County was looking forward to making some noise in the region tournament.


Unfortunately, the Braves came away with a 15-5 loss to Shelby County in six innings on May 25.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed, but the fact of the matter is that Shelby County hit the ball and put the ball in play,” Hollingsworth said. “They played a heck of a ball game and everyone in their lineup hit.”

The Rockets took an early lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run homerun, but the Braves responded by scoring one run in the bottom of the inning. Shelby Caudill tripled and was driven in by a Dillon Adams double.

Shelby County built on their lead in the top of the second inning, scoring five runs to take control of the game.

The Braves were able to cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as Adams started a mini-rally with a leadoff double. Kyle Wallace followed with a single and Brandon Epperson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jordan Cummins singled to drive in a run and Jared Miniard pinch hit, driving in a run with a groundout to make it 7-3.

Shelby County was able to answer in the top of the fifth inning, scoring five more runs to go ahead 12-3.

Adams hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the inning to make it 12-5, but Shelby County drove in three runs in the top of the sixth inning to end the game in six innings.

“Dillon Adams has come along late in this year with his bat and that’s one thing we’re going to miss next year,” Hollingsworth said. “I hate to see him end his career, but I’m glad he could end it with a game like that.”

The Braves were disappointed to end their season, but hope to build on this season’s success next year.

“We have to look at the whole season as a success,” Hollingsworth said. “We’ve been playing our best baseball the last two weeks and that’s what you’re supposed to do. All of our players stepped up this year and made a name for themselves as back-to-back district champions.”

The Braves will lose Adams, Alex Gregg and Miniard to graduation.

Players to watch: “I’d say all of the returning players should be watched,” Hollingsworth said. “Our whole team can mature in the off-season and we’ll be a tough team to handle next year.”