Braves late miscues lead to loss


Brownstown Central played a very close game for four innings against a tough Bedford North Lawrence team but couldn’t hold on in the later innings as they dropped a 10-1 home game Monday.

It started out as a pitchers duel, with neither team scoring until the Braves tallied one in the third, and the Stars responded with a run in the fourth inning.

After four innings, the score stood tied at 1-1.

The Braves gave up the lone run in the fourth off a dropped fly ball, an unearned run.

Despite the Braves’ impressive start, the fifth inning is when the short-handed Braves gave up some runs, while committing three errors.

The Braves’ miscues, along with five hits from the Stars, allowed the Stars to score five runs and take a commanding 6-1 lead after five innings.

“We played well up to the fifth inning,” Braves coach Monte Ault said. “They had five hits and five runs in that inning. As a team we had six errors, and we only got four hits, and they had twelve (for the game).

The home team took the lead in the third when Clare Poulton started off the inning with a single.

She was then advanced by a double driven to left-center by Katie Taggart, which scored Poulton.

The Braves were ready to rally with the top of their order coming to bat. However, the Stars retired all three lead off hitters to end the inning.

BCHS is without three players who have ACL injuries, and that leaves them with only 11 players on their roster.

Braves pitcher Jami Bryant went the distance for her team in the circle.

Brownstown (0-3) hosts Columbus East tonight.

“We need to continue to improve, and we’ll be okay,” said Ault. “We played well against Hauser and Southwestern (Hanover) last week.”