For The Tribune
The Brownstown Central baseball team used a solid pitching performance by Tyler Lawson and timely hitting to score in four different innings to hand Clarksville a 5-3 Mid-Southern Conference loss Monday afternoon.
Five was a good number for the Braves’ offense as five different players had hits, five players scored, and five players had an RBI each.
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“That’s key, that’s important for us,” Brownstown Central coach John Lawson said.
“It was a nice win. We battled through a little bit of adversity. We spotted them a couple of unearned runs there in the first.”
The Generals bunched two hits, a walk and two Braves errors together to score twice in the top of the first.
The Braves cut into that lead in the bottom of the inning when Ty Maxie walked and moved to second on Zach McCory’s single, and scored on Cole Borden’s single.
Carson Lambring walked in the second inning, he moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Collin DeHart’s sacrifice fly to center to tie the game at 2-2.
Clarksville used two singles and a stolen base to regain the lead in the top of the third at 3-2
Sy Zickler led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and later scored when Lambring grounded out to first.
The Braves sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning and put together their wining rally.
McCory and Mitchell Grider drew back-to-back walks leading off the inning, Zickler doubled to drive in the first run, and Cole Brock hit into a fielder’s choice to bring in Grider.
“In the fifth I was going for the big inning,” Lawson said. “I wasn’t going to sacrifice. We’ve got good hitters and we can hit. I was confident in that.”
Tyler Lawson struck out the last four batters he faced and recorded 10 strikeouts for the game to go with four hits and three walks.
John Lawson said those were the first batters he had walked this spring as he had a string of 29 innings without giving up a pass.
“Tyler did a heck of a job getting ahead of the hitters, keeping them off-balance,” he said. “That’s kind of his game. He’s not going to overpower people with a lot of velocity, but he’s going to mix it up and he’s going to throw strikes most of the time. He walked his first batter tonight.”
John Lawson felt generally pleased with the defense.
“We had a couple little instances where we didn’t cover a bunt play, and had an error at third base, and an error at first on a dropped throw,” John Lawson said. “Other than that, the defense was good.
Zickler had two doubles, an RBI and scored one run, Green had two hits, and Lambring and McCory both had a hit and scored a run.
The Braves are 9-6 overall, 3-2 in the MSC, and will host Orleans today.