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Big inning leads to big win for Braves

Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

Usually, the North Summit High School baseball field isn’t playable this early in March.

But when the Braves took the field against Ben Lomond on Monday afternoon, it was like a typical early-season game in other parts of the country chilly, but no problems with snow.

North Summit coach Brent Scholes said playing at home was a pleasant surprise for his team.

"It’s our earliest time we’ve been able to play on this field in five years," he said.

The Braves didn’t disappoint the home crowd, exploding for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to an 11-2 victory over the Scots.

"It was a good inning," Scholes said. "Our bats started coming alive and we started watching pitches."

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He added that it was nice to see his team extend its 2-0 lead for pitcher Carson Richins, who hurled four scoreless innings before giving way to Todd Wayment.

"He did a great job," Scholes said of Richins. "He had command of all his pitches on the mound."

The Braves sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Wayment, Austin Scholes and Tanner Olsen all had two-RBI doubles, and Gabe Smith scored on a passed ball. North Summit also took advantage of eight stolen bases in the inning.

Brent Scholes said he enjoyed seeing so many of his players cross home plate on the afternoon.

"That’s our team motto this year ‘There’s no place like home,’" he said. "Hopefully we can get there as many times as possible."

But, in addition to scoring runs, the Braves were also strong on defense.

"It was a solid game fundamentally, and that’s what we’re continuing to work on the fundamentals," Scholes said. "Overall, I’m very pleased with the outcome of the game."

North Summit improved to 1-1 on the season with the victory. This weekend, the Braves will play in a tournament at North Sevier. They’ll have games on Friday and Saturday against Enterprise, South Sevier and North Sevier.