An infield single by the Logan Elm Braves outfielder Harrow on a soft grounder was the difference in a 3-2 Braves victory over the Liberty Union Lions. The Braves first baseman Higginbotham led their offense with a pair of doubles and a run scored. Starting pitcher Robb checked the Lions on five hits, two runs, one earned, he walked five and struck out two in going the distance.
The Lions could not get the knockout punch they needed as they left eleven men on base, seven of them in scoring position. A very frustrating night for the offense. Liberty Union loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no one out, trailing 1-0 and scored only one run. that run was a one out bunt single by Noah Graf on a suicide squeeze atttempt. Jacob Berlecamp flied to shallow center and Nick Congrove grounded out.
In the fifth Brody Poston walked and Caleb Peck reached for the second time by being hit by a pitch. Austin Young advanced both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, but Travis Mullins struck out and Dylan Anthony flied to right to end the threat. The Lions took the lead in the sixth when a pair of walks and a fielders choice put runners on the corners. Nick Congrove stole second and the Braves catcher tried to pick Luke Slone off of third base but the ball bounced into left field to score Slone for a 2-1 Lions lead.
In the bottom of the inning a one out fly ball single by Anderson and Higginbotham’s second double set up a great opportunity for Logan Elm. An Arledge grounder up the middle got a tough hop off the edge of the infield that handcuffed shortstop Jacob Berlecamp. His throw to first was late and Higginbotham rounded third to score the lead run, but alertly Caleb Peck threw home for the out. Arledge stole second and advanced to when the throw attempt to catch him hit the runner causing the ball to kick out toward the outfield. Arledge took off to third but the throw was late. That set up Harrow for his game winning infield hit.
Nick Congrove pitched well in his first start of the year. He pitched all six innings allowing six hits, three runs, two earned, walked one, and struck out four.