The Braves defeated the Red Sox 13-1 with the help of some impressive pitching last Thursday at Sweetwater Park near Thomson.
Braves' starting pitcher Cody Brown and reliever Morgan Hyde allowed only two hits, both doubles by the Red Sox's Jamie Hale, and tossed 10 strike outs in the six inning game.
"When you have two pitchers who don't walk many hitters you're probably going to win," said Braves Head Coach Preston Newton.
The 11-12-year-old Braves, sponsored by Score Technology, started the game by scoring three runs in the first inning. Brian Smith slapped a single to center field and Brown walked to put runners at first and second bases. First baseman Whit Newton then bombed a triple to left center field to score Smith and Brown. Newman later scored on a wild pitch. Red Sox pitcher Hale came back to strike out Owen Smallwood and got Cade Brown to ground-out to second base to end the inning and minimize the damage.
The Red Sox, sponsored by Martin Marietta, scored their only run in the second inning. Erik Pringle drew one of only two walks that the Braves' pitching duo gave up. He later scored when Hale doubled, picking up the Red Sox's lone RBI. After Hale was caught stealing third, Brown struck out the next five batters he faced before being relieved by Hyde in the fourth inning.
The Braves' offense matched their pitching performance, collecting nine hits with Hyde Smith and Smallwood all going 2-for-3.
The Braves' big inning came in the sixth where they collected six runs on five hits including a bases-loaded double by Smallwood, who was driven in on a single by Brown. Brown then took second and third bases on back-to-back wild pitches and scored on Alex Hyman's single. The Red Sox brought in Kyle Edwards to pitch after relief pitcher Erik Pringle hit Travis Stroup with a pitch, putting runners at first and second. Edwards struck out the only three batters he faced.
The game ended due to the time limit.
The Braves and Red Sox will both play again this Thursday at Sweetwater Park.