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Taking advantage of several Williamstown errors, Grant County scored early and often in an 11-1 district win May 5 that gave the Braves a season sweep of their crosstown rivals.
Grant County came out swinging and took control early, never looking back while building a commanding 9-0 lead before the visiting Demons finally got on the board.
The Braves had just seven hits in the game, but reached base 19 times, including eight times by way of error and four more times after being hit by a pitch.
Grant County coach Darrin Robinson was pleased his team was able to put Williamstown away so handily after winning just 3-0 in an earlier meeting.
“We played well, but I felt we could have played a little better,” he said. “I don’t think we hit as well as we should have. We did take advantage of some situations and scored runs when we needed to, and I’m very happy about that.”
“We came out swinging the bat and played pretty solid defense all day,” said junior third baseman Jason Goe. “We did what we had to do to win.”
While the Braves’ bats were active, senior pitcher Hunter Lawson had little trouble keeping the Williamstown bats at bay.
The hurler allowed just five hits in six innings of work. The only run scored against Lawson was aided by an error.
“Hunter has been a pleasant surprise for us this season,” said Robinson. “He played third base for us last year but we got in a situation where we needed a pitcher and he came in and has done very well. Today, he came in and threw strikes and kept them off balance. Hunter has good off-speed stuff.”
Lawson was happy with his performance, but said he wanted to give credit where credit was due.
“I just stayed calm and threw strikes and let the defense make the plays behind me,” he said.
As the visiting team, Williamstown batted first and managed to get a runner in scoring position on Drew Harris’ two-out double to deep center field. But that is as close as the Demons would get to scoring in the first four innings.
Williamstown scored its only run in the top of the sixth inning when Harris singled, stole second and came around to score on an error later in the inning.
Grant County, meanwhile, put two runs on the board in the first inning and two in the second to take control early. Lucas Alger reached on an error and scored on a passed ball for the Braves’ first run. Senior Alex Thompson knocked in the second run with an RBI single.
A pair of Williamstown errors following a Jason Goe single allowed the Braves to plate two runs in the second inning, one by Alger and another by Goe, as Grant County went on top 4-0.
The Braves put the game away with five runs in the fourth inning. Goe had an RBI double to drive in Alger with the first run before scoring on a passed ball himself for the first two runs of the frame.
Lawson delivered a two-RBI double that drove in Drew Tucker and Alex Thompson to make it 8-0 before Daniel Gillum drove in a run with a single to give Grant County to a 9-0 advantage after four innings.
The Braves finished the visitors off with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, both aided by three Williamstown errors.
The win improved Grant County to 13-15 overall with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Braves are on the road this week at Owen County, Holy Cross and then Henry County with their last home game scheduled for May 15 against Holmes.
Williamstown, which dropped to 2-16 on the season, has road games against Eminence and Villa Madonna before returning home on May 12 to face Trimble County.