BY AMBLE SMOKER
ONE FEATHER STAFF
BRYSON CITY – The Cherokee Braves baseball team traveled to Bryson City on Thursday, March 27 to take on the Swain County Maroon Devils in the Smoky Mountain Conference matchup. The game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed to Thursday due to the inclement weather that hit the region throughout the week.
The Braves took an early lead in the third and kept the game close through five innings. However, a rally in the bottom of the sixth allowed the Maroon Devils to cross the plate 5 times and extend their lead 8-2, which would ultimately be the final score.
Junior Robles took the mound for the Braves and pitched 4 and 2/3 innings with 6 strikeouts, allowed 4 hits, and only walked 2 batters. Jeff Girty came in as relief and pitched 1 inning with 2 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 2 walks.
Jason McMillan led the Braves offensively with 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 stolen base and crossed the plate once. Damon Taylor also added a run after reaching bases on a walk. Jayce Watty and Junior Robles each had a stolen base. Overall, the Braves had 10 base runners, 3 hits, 3 stolen bases, and 7 batters walked.
The Braves continue their quest in search of their first victory as they travel to Hiwassee Dam on Tuesday, April 8. First pitch is at 4:30 pm.
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