The Bethune Braves improved to 6-2 on the season after taking two of three games last week.

They opened the week Monday at home against St. Marys Middle School and used a ten-run fourth inning to blank the Bobcats, 16-0. 

The Braves got solid pitching from Tanner Murray and Dylan Rowland as each pitched two scoreless innings while combining to strike-out six batters.

Murray also had a big day at the plate, driving home four runs, while Rowland, Heath Ray, and Jamie Johnson all drove home two runs for Bethune. Kyler Williams led with two hits.

Against Yulee on the road Thursday, the bats were not as hot as the Braves could only manage one hit as they were blanked, 3-0.

Yulee would score all of their runs in the first two innings and the Braves were never able to get any offense going. 

Ian Vickers and Rowland combined on the mound to allow no earned runs, while giving up just one hit and striking out six batters. Haze Johnson had the lone hit for Bethune.

The Braves wrapped up their week against Hilliard at home. Bethune jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings, but then had to hold off a Hilliard comeback to claim an 8-6 win.

After scoring two runs on errors in the first inning, Bethune added four more in the third inning, highlighted by a two-RBI triple by Jaylen Lilley.

Hillard chipped away with single runs in the next three innings to cut the Bethune lead to 6-3. 

The Braves would get back on the board with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and then hold on as the Flashes scored five times in the seventh. 

But it wasn’t enough as Bethune held on for the win.

Lilley led Bethune with two hits and two RBI’s, while Conner Lloyd, Cole Crawford, Haze Johnson, Dylan Rowland, and Ian Vickers all took turns on the mound and combined to strike out 16 batters.