Braves lose close one to Carroll County

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By Ryan Naus

The Grant County boys’ baseball team took an early lead against Carroll County, but their defense let the Panthers walk away with a win.

The Braves lost 4-2 on March 30.

“We’re getting better,” coach Justin Hollingsworth said. “We’re improving with every game. We know we aren’t going to have a high-powered offense and we know we have to play defense.”

The Braves scored first in the third inning after a sacrifice fly by Jordan Cummins allowed Aaron Goe to tag up and race home.

Carroll County tied the game in the fourth of a sacrifice fly of their own, but only had the opportunity after Grant County failed to connect on a double play and dropped the ball in the outfield.

The Panthers took the lead in the fifth inning with another sacrifice fly before a hit dropped in short centerfield to score another run. A double scored another run to make it 4-1.

Grant County mounted a comeback in the seventh as Shelby Caudill was hit by a pitch, stole second and took third on an errant throw. Caudill scored on a single by Alex Gregg, but the Braves couldn’t muster any more runs and lost 4-2.

“We came out to play but they hit the ball pretty well and we didn’t score enough runs,” Dillon Adams said. “We have to get a lot more batting practice in. We’re building right now.”

The Braves are 0-3, but Hollingsworth believes the games that matter are the ones within the district.

“I’m not disappointed with 0-3,” Hollingsworth said. “As long as we win the district games, I’ll be happy.”

The Braves play Walton-Verona on March 31. The results were not available at press time.

Next up for the Grant County Braves:

• April 1 against Pendleton County

• April 3 at Henry County

• April 4 against Newport

• April 7 against Simon Kenton