For The Tribune
Crushing Scottsburg 21-0 in five innings Thursday night, the Brownstown Central baseball team improved its Mid-Southern Conference record to 4-0.
Braves coach John Lawson said he was happy to see his team jump in front 6-0 in the first inning and then add 15 runs in its next three innings.
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“It’s much easier on your team defensively and pitching-wise when you get a six-run lead early,” Lawson said. “I think everyone just plays more relaxed. We’ve been playing well. We played good defense. I don’t have us for any errors.”
The Braves sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and used three hits, a walk and three Scottsburg errors to score six runs.
Carson Lambring and Austin Green hit singles and scored, Cody Williams hit a two-run double and Cole Brock and Tyler Lawson drove in runs with infield outs.
Sy Zickler and Devin Stuckwisch had RBI singles in the second inning.
The Braves then sent 11 batters to the plate in the third inning and 12 batters in the fourth inning.
Zickler, Green, Lawson and Lambring had RBIs in the third inning, while Zach McCory had a two-run double in the fourth inning.
Green finished 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, Ty Maxie scored four runs, Zickler scored three times, Lawson had three RBI and Lambring and McCory each had a single, a double, two RBI and two runs.
The Braves had 12 hits, and 12 batters had at least one RBI. Brownstown received seven walks, had four hit batters and only struck out once. The Warriors committed six errors.
“The bats came alive,” John Lawson said. “We hit the ball well. We took advantage, obviously, of some walks and some of their mistakes. If you’re going to win a lot of games, that’s what you’ve got to do.
“One thing I really liked about it is everybody got to play, the guys that come to practice every day. One thing there at the end, it doesn’t happen very often, we got to have all five of our seniors on the field together. That makes you feel good.”
Green was in command on the mound in the first three innings, retiring the first nine hitters he faced, including six on strikeouts.
With one out in the fourth inning, the Warriors came up with back-to-back singles before Green picked a runner off second and struck out the next batter to keep the shutout intact.
“Austin threw really well,” John Lawson said. “He was efficient. It was kind of his turn to start. Tyler started Monday. Right now, those two guys are kind of my conference pitchers. He kept his pitch count down.
“He had the perfect game going there and gave up a couple hits. I knew it was going to be a five inning game. I was going to let him go until he gave up a hit. I got Brock in. It was his first appearance on the mound. I let him get his feet wet.”
The Braves (9-2) have won eight in a row and will play at Bedford North Lawrence on Saturday, facing the Stars at 10 a.m. and then Floyd Central in the second game.
“This stretch always taxes our pitching,” John Lawson said. “We’ve really got to put a lot of thought into how you’re going to use them.”