Braves Win Season-Opener, 2-1

Second baseman Jay Charleston (Tennessee) stroked a soft-liner over the third baseman’s head in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night to drive in the winning runs in the Staunton Braves 2-1 win over Harrisonburg in the 2017 season opener.

Harrisonburg scored their only run in the top of the first and held the lead until the sixth when the Braves tied the score with an unearned run.

In the 10th the Braves put two runners on with one out when James Madison University teammates Henry Kreienbaum and Ryan Coale drew back to back walks. Kreienbaum scored the winning run when Charleston stroked a soft liner over the third baseman’s head for the game-winner.

Starter Deacon Medders (Alabama) turned in a solid effort on the mound for the Braves, allowing just one run on four hits in six innings of work. Medders struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Dean Stramara (Towson) was strong in relief, allowing no runs on just one hit in three innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Derek Duffy (Franklin Pierce) came on in the 10th with two runners on and one out. Duffy worked out of the jam, retiring the only two batters he faced to pick up the victory.