Brantley 9-10#039;s head to district

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 14, 2005

A victory over Greenville propelled the Brantley 9-10 year-old all-stars to its first ever district tournament.

Brantley beat Greenville 7-4 last Thursday to earn the trip to districts in Zion Chapel, as pitcher Braxton Barnes held Greenville to four runs on three hits, while striking out seven to earn the win. Greenville's Chip Taylor also had a good night, pitching the full five innings and striking out nine batters.

However, Troy American once again proved to powerful for Brantley, downing the host-team 15-1, to claim the sub-district title. Troy had previously beaten Brantley 12-2 in the opening game of the tournament, holding them to just three hits. Four costly errors by Brantley set the tone early as Troy took a 5-0 lead.

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The top two teams advance to district play in Zion Chapel.

Brantley was able to knock off its two biggest rivals, namely Highland Home and Luverne during the tournament. After losing the first game to Troy, Brantley battled back beating both Highland Home and Luverne 7-3 in back-to-back games in the loser's bracket. Barnes and Taylor Driggers earned the victory over Highland Home, with John Dunn taking the loss. Against Luverne, Andrew Lowery went the distance, limiting Luverne to three hits. Jamarcus June started on the mound for the Luverne All-Stars and held Brantley scoreless for three innings.