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Braves sweep Demons with rain-soaked win

By Ryan Naus

Grant County and Williamstown were each prepared for a taste of district competition to end the regular season.

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With a 9-1 win on May 15, the Braves earned a regular season sweep over rival Williamstown.

“It’s a great win,” GCHS coach Justin Hollingsworth said. “We took advantage of our opportunities for a change and I’m pleased with a solid all-around good game.”

Dillon Pelfrey and Aaron Goe started the game with solo homeruns for an early 2-0 lead for Grant County.

“It was a big pickup for us,” Hollingsworth said. “Everyone started making contact and good things happen when we make contact. They were two big shots to get us started.”

With the bases loaded, the Braves had the opportunity to add to their lead, but a groundout kept Williamstown within striking distance.

It didn’t last long as the Braves built on their lead in the top of the second inning, scoring a run on a balk before a double by Dillon Adams drove in Shelby Caudill. A single by Brandon Epperson plated another run to make it 5-0.

Zack Anglin lead off the bottom of the inning with a line drive down the first base line, hustling out of the box to turn it into a double. After a groundout moved Anglin to third base, the Demons were unable to capitalize on the runner in scoring position, stranding Anglin after a pop out and a groundout.

After a 40-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth inning, the Demons loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning. The Braves stopped Williamstown in their tracks by turning a double play as Aaron Goe fielded a ground ball to third base, throwing home for a forceout. Brandon Holder turned the double play by firing a throw to first base to end the inning.

“They got the bases loaded and could have had a big inning,” Hollingsworth said. “It’s the bend we’ve been seeing, but we didn’t break this time. We picked it up when we had to.”

Jordan Cummins put the Braves ahead 6-0 by drawing a walk, advancing to second base on a passed ball and stealing third base, scoring on a groundout by Alex Gregg in the top of the fifth inning.

The Demons scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Isaac Alger scored on a single by Cody Hurley.

The Braves extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning when Epperson drove in Adams with a single. In the top of the seventh inning, Goe plated Roman Harris and Pelfrey with a double for the final score of 9-1.

“I told the guys last week that if we could get three of four wins, it would be huge heading into district play,” Hollingsworth said. “The records are all the same now. We’re all 0-0. This run has helped.”

“We came out and played well,” Adams said. “It’s hard to lose a ball game when you’re hitting the ball and playing solid defense. We’re on a good run to jumpstart ourselves before districts. We’ve been up and down defensively, but as long as we play defense like I know we can, we’ll win.”

Williamstown had hoped to end their regular season with a win, but were looking at the positives following the loss.

“From last night (win over Silver Grove) to tonight, it’s the tale of two teams,” WHS coach Aaron Biddle said. “We were snake bitten. We got guys on and got some over, but we hardly got any in. It is what it is.”

Braves fall to Gallatin County on senior night

Before their game against Williamstown, the Braves wanted to win their final home game of the regular season and celebrate their three seniors.

The Braves fell behind early to Gallatin County and came away with a 12-4 loss on May 12.

“It was senior night and had played a good game the night before against Newport,” Hollingsworth said. “I was hoping we would come out and play with passion, but we didn’t come out on fire at all. We played lethargic and without any intensity.”

Two bright spots for the Braves was Adams, a senior, hitting a homerun, while Jared Miniard, another senior, hit a double to start the bottom of the fifth inning which led to the Braves scoring another run. Grant County was without their third senior, Alex Gregg, who was suspended for a game following an ejection for running into the catcher in their previous game, a win over Newport.

(Results were not available of the Braves district tournament game at press time, but visit www.grantky.com and read next week’s Grant County News for more information.)