The Braves defeated the Yankees 6-1 in 7 & 8 Pitching Machine Baseball at Sweetwater Park near Thomson last Thursday night.
The Braves, sponsored by Bailey's Tax Service and coached by Malcom Frails and Torry Martin, started off quickly in the first as lead-off batter Adonis Kendrick smacked a triple on the first pitch of the game. Anthony Grant drove Kendrick in with a single for the first run of the game. The Braves later picked up three more runs in the inning with the help of two inside-the-park homeruns by clean-up hitters Malik Frails and Connor O'Neil.
Another homerun attempt by the Braves was denied as Yankees third baseman Preston Beckhum threw the Braves' Dontavious Bell out at the plate with catcher Shane Kent putting the tag on. Beckhum later speared a line drive to end the inning
The Yankees, sponsored by Thomson Podiatry and coached by Ed Lewis, Ethan and Zeke Lloyd, and Danielle Tudor, answered with a homerun of their own by lead-off hitter Noah Baily. That would be all the offense either team would muster as both teams relied on great defense to hold each other scoreless over the next two innings. Braves shortstop Adonis Kendrick made several fine defensive plays, including one where he ran all the way across the field to get to a ball that had gotten past the second baseman. His throw to first base got Beckhum out.
The Braves came back in the fourth with two runs on a double by Xzavier Smith, who was later driven home by Anthony Grant's triple. He later scored on a ground ball by Frails that put the Braves up 6-1 going into the fifth and final inning.
The Yankees' next three batters struck out, thus ending the game.
"Winning is great, but the most important thing is having fun," said Yankees Head Coach Ed Lewis, who has been coaching in the Recreation Department for 28 years.
The Yankees are 1-5 this season and will play again on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at Sweetwater. The Braves are 7-0 and will play Thursday at 6 p.m. at Sweetwater.