Two errors cost Brownstown Central’s baseball team three runs in the first two innings, and the Braves couldn’t recover in a 4-1 loss to Charlestown on Friday.
With the loss, the Braves finished 6-3 in Mid-Southern Conference play.
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In the first inning, the Pirates got on base with Devin Kreuger’s walk and a bunt from Dewey Cardwell.
Both players stole a base before they crossed home plate off a Braves error from third to first base.
The Pirates added another run off a throwing error to first in the top of the second.
Charlestown tallied its final run off a fielder’s choice following another hit by Cardwell in the second.
“The defense was shaky for two innings,” Braves coach John Lawson said. “Combine that with some lack of production at the plate — we just couldn’t put anything together. They jumped out on us pretty quick.”
Braves pitcher Austin Green struck out back-to-back batters with bases loaded in the top of the third.
Brownstown senior Zech Wesley led off the third with a single and Ty Maxie added a hit, but the Braves couldn’t get a score in the third.
After taking down the Pirates’ batters in order to start the fourth, the Braves found some offense.
Braves senior Cole Brock led off with a double to right field before Devin Stuckwisch brought him in for an RBI.
Wesley saved a potential two-run hit by the Pirates in the sixth inning by diving for a ball in right field.
Brownstown left two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth after earning a pair of walks.
The Braves went down in order to conclude the game.
On the mound, Green went the distance pitching eight strikeouts while giving up five hits.
Wesley led the Braves’ hitting unit with two singles.
“(Wesley) was the spark-plug tonight,” Lawson said. “He had a heck of a game. We need to feed off that going in to (today’s) games.”
The Braves wore pink jerseys for cancer awareness against Charlestown.
Wesley, Brock, Green, Tyler Lawson and Zach McCory — Brownstown’s seniors — were honored following the game.
Today, the Braves (16-5) will host a round-robin with Jennings County and Madison.
Brownstown will play in games one and three, starting with Jennings County at 10 a.m.