The Bethune Middle School Braves had a busy opening week of baseball and after dropping the first three games to Hilliard, St. Marys and Providence Christian they bounced back by sweeping a doubleheader from Atkinson County.
In the opener last Tuesday against Hilliard, the Braves fell behind 9-1 after four innings and a late rally came up short as they lost 9-4. Braves pitchers Chase Rhoden and Ayden
Crews didn't allow a hit, but nine errors proved to be costly. Crews, Griffin Thomas and David Walters each had two hits for Bethune.
At St. Marys the following day Bethune would trail 5-3 heading to the sixth inning. The Braves would load the bases with two out and then draw back to back walks forcing home the tying runs. But St. Mary's would rally back and score twice to take a 7-5 win. Thomas, Landon Taylor, Rhoden and Cameron Edwards each had two hits for the Braves with Rhoden driving home three runs.
On Thursday, the Braves traveled to Jacksonville to face Providence Christian. Providence would score 11 runs in the first two innings and cruise to a 13-3 win. Taylor, Rhoden, and Eli Hobbs had the lone hits for the Braves.
After a day off the Braves hit the road again to face Atkinson County and found just what the doctor ordered in Pearson. In the first game Rhoden and Crews combined on a one hit shutout while striking out 14 batters. The Braves pounded out ten hits with Crews and Walters each picking up three in the 9-0 win.
In game two it would be much of the same. Crews, Ethan Crawford, and Edwards combined to allow just three hits and one run. Taylor and Hobbs would both hit inside the park home runs for the Braves. Taylor had three RBI's to pace the offense which took advantage of ten Atkinson errors in the 10-1 win.