Braves Go To 2-0 With 8-3 Win Over Jacks

Richard Miller (Towson) was 3-for-3 with a triple, two walks and three stolen bases and lefty Ryan Williams (Tennessee Wesleyan) pitched five quality innings to lead the Staunton Braves to an 8-3 victory over Covington.

The Jacks scored a run in the top of the first, but the Braves answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Jay Charleston (Tennessee) was safe and first and advanced to second on a throwing error. Charleston stole third and scored on a wild pitch to tie the score. Payton Robertson (Lamar) put the Braves on top with a single to right for a 2-1 lead.

The Braves used their speed to manufacture another run in the second. With two outs, Antwaun Tucker (Longwood) beat out an infield single and then stole second. Tucker scored on Charleston’s single making the score 3-1.

The Jacks scored an unearned run in the third, but the Braves added three in the bottom of the third to lead 6-2. Henry Kreienbaum (JMU) led off with a single and moved to third when Robertson was safe on a throwing error. With two runners in scoring position, Kevin Dobos (Kent State) singled up the middle, chasing home both runners to put the Braves up 5-2. A walk to Patrick Overstreet (Truett McConnell) put runners at first and second. Dobos stole third and continued home when the catcher’s throw sailed into left field as the Braves moved ahead 6-2.

The Braves tacked on another run in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Brandon Gochenour (Potomac State) to lead 7-2.

After Covington scored in the top of the eighth, the Braves added their final run in the bottom of the eighth. Miller tripled with one out and scored on a single by Kreienbaum, making the final 8-3.

Williams worked the first five innings to get the victory. The lefty allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits, He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Four relievers  – Tristan Widra (Samford), Jordan Silverman (Rider), Jacob Benfield (Bridgewater) and Danny Devereux (Washington and Lee) combined to allow one run on two hits in the final four innings.