The Bethune Middle School Braves baseball team wrapped up a very successful season after defeating Hilliard and Camden Middle while falling to Fernandina Beach. The Braves finished the season with a 9-3 record.
On Monday, the Braves travelled to Hilliard. The two teams were tied at 4-4 heading into the fifth inning with the Braves scoring on a pair of errors and a triple by Dylan Rowland.
In the fifth inning, the Braves would load the bases with two outs and then get back-to-back double from Jude Shaw and Rowland to go up, 8-4. Eli Hobbs followed with an RBI single for a 9-4 lead.
The Flashes added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Braves came right back in the sixth with three runs. The first two scored without the benefit of a hit before Shaw’s RBI single pushed the lead to 12-5.
A passed ball and an RBI single by Haze Johnson in the seventh inning wrapped up the scoring by Bethune and Hilliard scored once in their final at bat to make the final score, 14-6.
Shaw’s three hits and three RBI’s along with Rowland’s four RBI’s led the Braves offense. Chase Rhoden, Rowland, Jarvis Wright, and Shaw all took turns on the mound for Bethune.
On Tuesday, the Braves would continue their road swing into Florida as they faced off against Fernandina Beach. The Pirates would race out to a 4-0 lead before the Braves tied it up in the top of the fourth inning. The Braves would get RBI singles by Ian Vickers and Cameron Murray and a passed ball scored the tying run for Bethune.
But Fernandina roared back with six runs and in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the fifth inning to end the game, 14-4.
On Thursday, the Braves would host Camden Middle in their season finale. Bethune would open the scoring in the first inning when Rowland and Vickers produced RBI singles and add another run in the second inning for a 3-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Shaw doubled and came around to score on an error for the four run lead.
Camden would get on the board in the fifth inning, but the Braves added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Edward McCormick was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Conner Lloyd scored on a passed ball to open up a 6-1 lead.
Camden would try and rally in the seventh as they scored twice, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Braves held on for the 6-3 win.
Shaw and Rowland each had two hits for the Braves.