Braves start season 5-1

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By Matt Birkholtz

The Grant County Braves are on their fastest start since 2008, when they started the season 9-2.

That season, the Braves made it to the 8th region tournament, falling to North Oldham 8-1.

Even with the loss, Grant County was second in the region only surrendering 99 runs in 25 games.

This year, the Braves in six games have allowed only eight runs and that can be contributed to the starting pitching, including senior pitcher Aaron Goe.

“I think the team as a whole has done what we expected,” he said. “In years past we haven’t done so well, but we are playing as a team.”

Goe has won three games to start the season.

The weather has been a damper this week, but with the warmer weather coming around, it works for Goe.

“When we played Lloyd Memorial, I threw like 41 pitches in five innings,” he said. “I think only three of them were my secondary pitches.”

Secondary pitches in baseball are known as a breaking ball or curve ball, sliders and changeups. A primary pitch would be a typical fastball to one that can cut or run in on hitters.

“I feel well with my pitching and throwing the ball in there, that I can count on my team’s defense to pick me up,” Goe said. “That is a big relief for a pitcher, realizing you don’t have to do everything on the mound.”
Goe and Holder have played baseball together since they were in t-ball.

That history has allowed them to also succeed at the varsity level.

Braves coach Darrick Lee calls the pitches and location from the dugout, which for Goe, is a bit of a relief.

“Having him call the pitches helps me, because I don’t have to think out there on the mound,” he said. “I can just rely on pitching the ball to the batter.”

Both Holder and Goe see a realistic goal of winning the 32nd District Tournament and Holder attributes the winning mentality a team effort.

“Everyone is working together to make the team better,” he said. “We have had the talent in the past, but we are not playing for ourselves, but for the team.”

The Braves will host Pendleton County April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. One dollar of each gate admission will go to the American Red Cross to help with the Japan Tsunami/Earthquake relief efforts.