Brandon Chapman suffered the loss for the Braves against Lakewood Monday night. Chapman tossed five and one-third innings giving up five runs on nine hits and striking out three batters.
“A very up and down game, especially on defense,” Cheraw coach David Byrd said. “We are making too many mistakes on defense and our opponents are not earning the wins against us. We did improve at the plate by racking up 18 total hits, and a lot of two-out RBI's. We have to find a way to become more consistent defensively, and find a way to finish games (up 16-12 with 1 out in the seventh) strong to have a chance to improve as a team.”
The Braves Nine fell to the Chesterfield Rams last Friday night. Jordan Mickleberry suffered the loss for Cheraw on the mound. Mickleberry tossed four and one-third innings in the loss. Mickleberry gave up six runs on four hits while walking seven batters and striking out six.
Leading hitter for the Braves was Timmy Jordan 1-3 with a two-run homer. The homerun for Jordan was his second in two games.
“A very disappointing loss, when you have the lead 3-2 in the fifth inning. We have to find a way to play more consistent on defense and at the plate, especially towards the end of games,” Byrd said. “We have to play better against teams in the top half of our region. Right now we are not doing that and we have to find a way to do that if we expect to contend for a region championship and do well in the playoffs.”
Mickleberry picked up the victory on the mound for the Braves Nine against North Central last Wednesday night. Mickleberry scattered three hits over three innings, while striking out six batters.
Leading hitters for the Braves Nine were: Timmy Jordan 2-3 with two RBI's and a homerun, Rhett Stafford 3-4 with two RBI's, Josh Newsome 2-3, Shane Owens 2-3, and Jaquon Melton 2-2.
“We got a great performance from Jordan and we played sound defense behind him. We were down early 3-0, but we worked hard to fight back and get a solid win against a sound opponent,” Byrd said.