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By Tyler Carney
A dominant day at the plate for the Braves saw them take down the reigning runner ups 7-5. 15 hits from the Braves lineup made that game surprisingly close as the Braves stayed in control most of the way.
A lead-off double from Michael Robertson kept his hot hitting going and set the tone for the rest of the game. However after advancing him to 3rd on a single from Luke Olimpio the D’backs got out of the jam. Ryan Farris would bring in Grayson Bush on an RBI single for Draft’s first run of the game and only lead.
Montezuma would take the lead on a two RBI double from Blake French beginning his fantastic day at the plate. Draft would get out of the inning after Robertson took a scary HBP to the head but was left stranded, keeping it a one run game.
The 5th inning rolled around however and big man Tristian Gordon would step up and knock in a 3 run homer bringing in Olimpio and Armstrong with him, changing the momentum in the game.
Ryan Farris would get another RBI single in the bottom of the 5th keeping it a 3 run game. Draft was not going down quietly.
Montezuma was not letting down however as Blake French would continue his great day at the plate leading off the 6th with a solo homer.
“ I was trying to stay calm at the plate. I tend to get uptight when I’m up there and today I just tried to go up there, have fun and hit the ball,” said French after finishing 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a home run.
The rest of the 6th the Diamondbacks would stiffen defensively after another single from Robertson shortstop Grayson Bush would turn an unassisted double play and bring Draft back up to bat. However they’d go down in order as Landon Lightner would draw a walk but get caught stealing Costa would strike out and Wayne would ground out to third.
The top of the 7th saw another double play from the Diamondbacks this time going 4-6-3 and out of the innings in four batters stranding one. This tough defensive play and stranding a lot of batters would keep the game in reach for the Diamondbacks. The bend don’t break defense was eventually broken by a Luke Olimpio RBI single that scored Roberston from second; however the Braves would strand one in the inning.
The bottom of the 8th saw the game get close again as Zach Roberts, the leadoff hitter, would knock in a 2 RBI single bringing the score to 7-5. Draft would hold the Braves to a scoreless 9th and the bottom of the 9th came up. After two strikeouts Draft hitters would draw three straight walks loading the bases. However, a groundout to second by Roberts would see the Braves hang on 7-5. C
“ Last game we were so flat, tonight we were much more disciplined at the plate,” said manager of the Braves Chris Rush, “ We left a lot of guys out there so next time I’d like to see us move guys around the bases more but better job tonight. We have better hitters than what we showed against Broadway and we showed that tonight. I told the guys you come you better be ready to hit”
As for pitching Alex Belako pulled the start for Montezuma going until the 5th when he was relieved by Blake Argenbright who would be followed by Owen Stewart in the 7th who would set up for Dalton Hall and in the 9th Lance Tate would finish the job. While Montezuma used a lot of pitchers they all did well only allowing 6 hits on the day and defensively one error on a bad hop off the infield.
On the mound for Draft Jacob Dunford would pull the start going until the 6th giving up the bulk of the Braves runs however he would force batters to hit into a lot of ground outs and pop outs keeping his team in it. In the 6th Chandis Goff would come in in relief giving up a home run on his first batter faced, but it was the hot bat of French he would strand a lot of runners until the 9th when he was replaced by Austin Craft who would finish the game.
Montezuma will return to action June 6th at home against the Shockers (2-3) and look to move back above .500 on the year.
The Diamondbacks now 1-5 will look to get something going on the road against Elkton (0-7) June 6th.
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