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2016 Season

Wednesday, July 20th

In what would turn out to be an almost must-win game for Herndon, the Braves were able to defeat the Gaithersburg Giants by a score of 10-5.

Conner Hall got the scoring started early, as #8 roped an RBI single that enabled Dakota Graham to score the game’s first run.

Gaithersburg would answer in the third, plating two to take the lead. It would not take long for the Braves to retake the lead, as Alan Mocahbee belted his first of two two-run home runs on the night, bringing the score to 3-2.

The Giants were not finished, however, as the club went on to score three in the fifth inning. But the Braves responded with two in the fifth thanks to a Zach Barron two-run homer, and three more in the sixth due to an Andy Mocahbee two-run double and Gaithersburg error.

Already possessing the lead, the Braves added two more insurance runs on an Alan Mocahbee home run, his scond of the night. Dom Morabito would go on to close out the game, and give the Braves a much needed victory.

For the pitching staff, Mark LeDuc was brilliant in his appearance, throwing two innings of relief while only surrendering one hit.

With the win, the Braves improve to 17-20 on the season.

The club will travel to D.C. to face the Grays in a doubleheader on Thursday, the 21st. First pitch of game 1 is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

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Tuesday, July 19th

In a game that took place at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia due to power issues at Herndon High School, the Braves’ lack of offense would prevent them from pulling out a win against the Baltimore Dodgers.

Evan Alderman got Herndon on the board first in the third inning, as he would create chaos on the base paths once again and force an errant throw from the catcher that enabled him to score.

The Braves added another run in the fourth, but their 2-0 lead would not last very long as the Dodgers would go on to tie it up with a two-run home run in the sixth. The score would remain tied until the last inning, where the Dodgers would break the tie on a questionable call.

With the bases loaded and one out, the Braves were a split second away from turning an inning-ending double play, but the safe call from the umpire at first base allowed the Dodgers to score their third run. The visiting club would then add insurance thanks to a two-run double and proceed to close out the Braves in the bottom of the ninth.

With the 5-2 loss, the Braves fall to 16-20 on the season.

Their next game will be Wednesday, July 20th when they host the Gaithersburg Giants in an important late season matchup. First pitch will be at 5:00 PM, as an early start time will be required in order to combat the lack of sufficient lighting.

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Sunday, July 17th

In what proved to be an absolute slugfest on Sunday night, the Braves were unable to come out victorious against the Express.

Rockville managed to get on the board first, driving in a run on an RBI single in the second inning. Herndon answered in the third, as an Andy Mocahbee double down the line would allow Nick Atkinson to cross the plate.

The fourth inning would not be a pretty one for the Herndon pitching staff, as Rockville would post up an eight spot on the scoreboard. Bases-loaded walks and clutch at-bats were the culprits, and it appeared as though the Express would walk away with an easy win.

However, the Braves kept clawing back, scoring three in the bottom half of the inning highlighted by a Garrett Zoukis two run home run.

Alan Mocahbee kept the momentum going after a scoreless top of the fifth, as the designated hitter would bring in the team’s fifth run on a sacrifice fly. Bryan Klendworth followed up with a solo home run that would cut the Rockville deficit.

Although the Express managed to score once in the seventh, Herndon capitalized on poor pitching from their adversaries and tallied four runs to tie it up in the bottom half of the inning.

The Express would break the tie in the ninth with two runs, and eventually close out the Braves who would go on to leave the bases loaded in the bottom half.

With the 12-10 loss, the Braves fall to 16-19.

The club returns to action tomorrow as they host the D.C. Grays in a 7pm matchup.

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Friday, July 15th

The Herndon Braves added to the D.C. Grays misery on Friday night, handing the division rivals their 23rd loss of the season. Despite D.C. getting on the board first, Herndon’s pitching staff was able to keep their opponents at bay for the remainder of the game.

The Grays would start the contest off by tallying three runs in the first. Herndon’s answer would not come until the second inning, as a Dakota Graham sacrifice fly and Cayden Stover RBI single would each bring in a run.

Herndon managed to add another in the third, thanks to a Conner Hall sacrifice fly. D.C. responded in the fifth, as a defensive miscue for the Braves enabled a run to score. The next four runs of the game would be owned by Herndon, as one in the sixth and three in the seventh gave the club a 7-4 lead heading into the home stretch. The Grays tacked on a run in the eighth and would threaten in the ninth but would come up just short, falling by a score of 7-5.

On the mound, closer Steven Schwartz would allow runners to occupy second and third to begin his outing, but would proceed to record three straight outs as well as the save.

With the win, the Braves improve to 16-17 and will host the Giants of Gaithersburg tomorrow at 7:00 PM.

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Sunday, July 10th

In what would turn out to be a low-scoring affair, the Braves were unable to muster up enough offense to edge out a win against Alexandria Sunday night.

The hometown team got the scoring started in the very first inning, thanks to an Andy Mocahbee solo home run. The next two frames reflected nothing but zeroes for both teams, and it would not be until the fourth in which Alexandria would cross the plate.

An unearned run in the ninth for the Aces would be the go-ahead and final run of the game, as Herndon would go scoreless in eight straight frames following their initial run in the first inning.

On the mound, Matt Wojciechowski shined in his start, throwing six innings while surrendering just one run.

At the plate, Dakota Graham was the only Braves member to have a multi-hit night, going 2-3.

With the loss, the Braves fall to 15-17 on the season.

The team’s next game will be Thursday against the Bethesda Big Train following the CRCBL All-Star break.

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Wednesday, July 6th

The T-Bolts from Silver Spring proved their season is no fluke on Wednesday night, securing their fifteenth win on the season by a score of 5-4. For the Braves, it was a disappointing encore to Tuesday’s win against division-leading Bethesda.

The Braves would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a throwing error by Silver Spring’s catcher that would allow Evan Alderman to score.

However, it would be the third inning in which the T-Bolts would put up a crooked number, scoring three runs off an error, a wild pitch, and a passed ball. They would score twice in the fifth off of two bases-loaded walks.

Herndon managed to score the game’s next three runs, tallying one in sixth, seventh, and eighth. Bryan Klendworth’s solo home run in the eighth highlighted the team’s power for the night, but it wouldn’t be enough.

On the mound, AJ Korczynski’s two frames of work followed by Ryan Caudle’s 2.2 innings proved to be the most effective for the pitching staff, as the two combined to allow just one hit.

With the loss, the Braves fall to 12-14 on the season.

The team’s next game will be Thursday, July 7th as they travel to Rockville for a 7:00 PM matchup. Prior to that contest, however, the clubs will finish a suspended game from earlier in the season that was moved due to rain. That will begin at 5:00 PM.

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Tuesday, July 5th

Desperately searching for a win that would end a four game skid, the Herndon Braves managed to upset the division-leading Bethesda Big Train on the road by a score of 6-2 Tuesday night.

The Braves went on to score the first five runs of the game, a total that would go unanswered until the sixth inning.

Dakota Graham got the scoring started in the second inning with a ball put in play that resulted in a fielder’s choice. In the third, an Evan Alderman RBI single enabled Daulton Brenize to cross the plate. Brenize would follow up with an RBI of his own the subsequent inning, scoring Alan Mocahbee for the third run. In their fourth consecutive inning of scoring, the Braves would tally two more in the fifth thanks to a Zach Barron 2 RBI double.

In the bottom of the sixth, Bethesda finally found a way to get on the board, and it would come in the form of an RBI single from Vinny Esposito. The very next half, however, Herndon would nullify the run as a Big Train balk gave Cayden Stover the free pass to home.

In the bottom of the ninth, Bethesda put up a fight and managed to score their second run, but that would be it for the home club on the offensive side of the ball.

Continuing his effectiveness on the mound, Conner Hall shined in his start by throwing five complete innings, surrendering four hits with no runs. Chase Bailey was near perfect in his relief appearance, tossing two frames of one-hit ball.

With the win, the Braves pull one game within .500 at a record of 12-13.

Their next game will be Wednesday, July 6, when they will take on the SS-T T-Bolts. It will be a home game for Herndon, and first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

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Sunday, July 3rd

For one of the first times this season, Herndon recorded a loss despite scoring before their opponent. On Sunday, Gaithersburg managed to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth to snag the walk-off win.

In the first frame, Andy Mocahbee would start the scoring with an RBI single to right field. The Giants answered in the second with an RBI double from Blake Burton, knotting it up at 1-1.

The Braves went on to score one in the third as well as the fourth, thanks to a Cayden Stover bases-loaded walk and an error by the catcher. Gaithersburg cut the lead in the fifth with another RBI double, but the back-and-forth affair would continue.

The next tally of the game came in the top of the sixth, as a Kyle Burger triple would allow Conner Hall to score. The Giants felt inclined to one up the Braves, however, as a home run from Trey Bridis brought his team a run closer.

Despite the Braves’ insurance run that was added in the eighth, the Giants put up three in their final at-bats to secure a home victory.

Having lost their last four contests, Herndon drops to 11-13.

The league will have an off day for the fourth of July, but the Braves will resume play on Tuesday, July 5th, as they travel to Bethesda to take on the Big Train in a 7:30 PM matchup.

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Saturday, July 2nd

Unable to avoid a sweep on Saturday, the Braves would drop further in the division as they now sit at five games back.

On the road against the River Dogs, Herndon would surrender six runs in each game losing by scores of 6-1 and 6-4.

In the first game, Vienna would go on to score first, posting three runs in the bottom of the second. Herndon scored next, as Andy Mocahbee would belt a solo shot well beyond the outfield wall.

The sixth inning featured two more River Dog runs which would serve as the game’s final tallies.

In game two, Vienna would jump out to a large lead once again, scoring four runs in the first frame. Herndon’s answer came in the top of the second, thanks to a Cooper Mitchell RBI single and subsequent balk call that allowed Will Redding to score.

Vienna’s solo home run in the bottom half of the inning would kill Herndon’s momentum, and even more so in the third where an RBI single extended their lead to 6-2.

Although the Braves scored in the fourth on a wild pitch and again in the seventh on Zach Barron’s RBI single, it proved to be not enough as Vienna would run away with two wins on the day.

The Braves’ efforts on the mound were highlighted by Reid Frazier’s performance in game two, throwing the final three innings and allowing zero runs while giving up just one hit.

With the two losses, Herndon falls to 11-12 and have now lost three in a row.

Herndon looks to rebound as they take on Gaithersburg in a 1:00 PM matchup on Sunday.

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Thursday, June 30th

The Aces of Alexandria scored in bunches on Thursday night, and the Braves were unable to keep up, falling by a score of 10-5.

Alexandria would score two runs in each of the first three innings, as Herndon could only score one. Scoring four in the top of the fourth, highlighted by an Andy Mocahbee solo home run, the Braves pulled within one temporarily.

The Ace offense essentially nullified those runs in the bottom half, posting three runs to extend the lead to 9-5. The final run of the game was scored by Alexandria in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to an RBI double.

With the loss, Herndon falls to 11-10 on the season.

The club’s next game will be home against the Baltimore Dodgers tomorrow, Friday July 1, at 7:00 PM.

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Wednesday, June 29th

With a crucial divisional win against the Bethesda Big Train on Wednesday night, the Braves would effectively rebound from a tough loss against Baltimore earlier in the week.

The Braves would jump out to the first lead of the game, and would do so in an efficient manner. In the bottom of the second, Cayden Stover would find the barrel and drive a ball deep into the gap, bringing in two runs. Kyle Burger would follow with an RBI single up the middle that nearly missed the pitcher to make it 3-0.

Holding the Big Train scoreless in the top of the third, Herndon tallied their fourth run in the bottom half thanks to an Andy Mocahbee RBI single into left.

Bethesda would answer in the top of the fourth with two runs, and would score a run in each of the next two innings thereafter.

A defensive miscue for Bethesda in the bottom of sixth allowed the Braves to break the tie, and the score would remain 5-4 until the bottom of the eighth where the home club added two insurance runs.

Entering the ninth with a 7-4 lead, Steven Schwartz handled his save opportunity with ease, retiring three consecutive batters.

Highlighting the Braves’ effort on the mound was Braves closer Dom Morabito who was given a spot start. Throwing the first three frames, the righthander surrendered zero runs while giving up only two hits.

With the win, the Braves improve to 11-9 and close the gap at the top of the division.

Their next game will be tomorrow, Thursday June 30th, at Alexandria as they take on the Aces in a 7:00 PM matchup.

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Monday, June 27th

In an offensive slugfest for the Baltimore Redbirds on Monday night, the Herndon Braves were unable to halt the division leaders’ hot bats.

The Redbirds got things started in the second inning with a solo shot followed by an RBI single to make it 2-0.

Herndon would answer in the fourth, however, as Zach Barron and Conner Hall would go back-to-back to tie things back up.

The very next inning, there would be a score change resulting from a Baltimore 2 run homer. The Redbirds would add another run shortly after, as a passed ball on a strikeout would allow the runner on third to score.

The sixth inning would not be a pretty one for Herndon, as Baltimore would chalk up four runs, all of which would come from a defensive miscue, a bases-loaded hit by pitch, a bases-loaded walk, and a solo home run.

The longball would reappear for Baltimore in the seventh, as a homer over the centerfield fence would bring in the team’s tenth run. With the Braves unable to answer, the Redbirds would take advantage and tack on another in the eighth with a sacrifice fly.

Herndon was unable to find any offense aside from the two home runs, and as a result would fall to the Redbirds by a score of 11-2.

With the loss, the Braves fall to 10-9, and will have Tuesday off. The club will return to action on Wednesday, June 29th when they host the first place Bethesda Big Train in a 7:00 pm matchup.

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Sunday, June 26th

In a rather low-scoring affair, the Braves would manage to find a way to win on Sunday night against the Rockville Express.

Zach Barron led off the scoring with a solo shot in the second inning, belting a ball that carried well beyond the left field fence.

The Express would not get on the board until the fourth, but an RBI single would knot the score up at 1-1. They would score again in the sixth, a lead that would only last until the seventh.

In the bottom half, Bryan Klendworth would come in for a pinch-hit appearance with the bases loaded, and the designated hitter would drive in the tying-run with a single.

On the mound, starter Colin Morse would prove to be nothing short of efficient. The righthander would throw 5.2 innings, allowing just two runs. William & Mary’s very own Chase Bailey was given the ball for the final 3.1 innings, carrying the team to the bottom of the ninth.

Bryan Klendworth would come up with runners on second and third, and Coach Chris Warren felt it was a perfect time for a suicide squeeze. Although Klendworth missed the bunt, an interference call on Rockville would allow Conner Hall to score the game’s final run.

With the win, the Braves improve to 10-8.

Tomorrow’s game will be at home against the league-leading Baltimore Redbirds. First pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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Saturday, June 25th

The Braves managed to pull out a close one against the Giants of Gaithersburg on Saturday night, winning by a score of 6-5.

Once again, Herndon tallied the first run of the game; this time, it would come in the third inning thanks to an Evan Alderman double that would score Cayden Stover.

Gaithersburg would answer in the fifth, and they would answer big. A 2 run home run from Pat Hisle would put the Giants up, but not for long.

The Braves’ offense unloaded for four runs in the following inning, all of which was started by a Bryan Klendworth RBI groundout. Zach Barron would later rope a 2 RBI single to center field, scoring Conner Hall and Andy Mocahbee. Dakota Graham would conclude the inning’s production with an RBI single that would bring home Barron.

Gaithersburg would answer again, plating three in the bottom of the sixth. The score would remain 5-5 until the top of the ninth, where the Braves would scrape across their sixth and final run of the game. With Dakota Graham on base, Cayden Stover would drive him in with a single to finish his 2-4 effort at the plate.

On the mound, Chris Lohr would make the most of his start, throwing five innings of one-hit ball while surrendering just two runs. Steven Schwartz would come in to close in the ninth, a job that he would handle with ease. The righthander would proceed to strike out all three batters faced, securing the Braves’ road victory.

With the win, the Braves improve to 9-8 and trail first place Bethesda by just 1.5 games.

Herndon’s next game will be at home on Sunday, June 26th as they play host to the Rockville Express. First pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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Friday, June 24th

Herndon would manage to snap a three-game losing streak on Friday night, as the Braves offense and pitching proved to be too much for the D.C. Grays.

The highlight of the night was Herndon’s pitching staff, as they would combine for a team no-hitter. Matthew Wojciechowski would throw six no-hit frames as the starter. Braves newcomer Jeremy Larkey would shine in his debut, throwing a no-hit inning while striking out one. Dom Morabito would take over for the last two innings, striking out four.

On the offensive side of things, the Braves would continue their season-long trend of jumping out to the game’s first lead by posting up three runs in the bottom of the first.

Conner Hall would spark the scoring with an RBI single, and Zach Barron would follow with a 2-RBI single of his own. Evan Alderman would add to the damage the following inning, roping a single to the outfield, scoring Ryan Adamus.

In the same frame, Andy Mocahbee would continue his offensive tear with a double off the left field fence. Alderman would cross the plate, making it 5-0 after two complete innings. That would remain the score for the remainder of the game, and the Braves would pick up the much-needed victory.

With the win, the Braves jump back to .500 at 8-8.

Herndon’s next game will be tomorrow, Saturday June 25th, against the Gaithersburg Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

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Thursday, June 23rd

Uncharacteristically, Herndon was not the first team to score first on Thursday. The Bethesda Big Train would start the scoring in the bottom of the second with a 2-RBI double from Garrett Kueber.

The Braves would respond quickly though, as Bryan Klendworth would cross the plate following a wild pitch in the fourth. A pair of singles in the fifth would result in RBI for the Big Train, extending their lead to 5-1.

The sixth would feature another lone Herndon run, as Klendworth would score again thanks to a Dakota Graham single. Gunnar Lambert’s 2-run home run in the next inning would seal the deal for Bethesda, as they would take 7-2 lead into the eighth.

Although the Braves would score their third run of the game in the top half, the Big Train would nullify it with a run of their own in their final trip to the plate. The contest would result in a final score of 8-3.

Five pitchers made appearances for the Braves on Thursday, and four sacrificed at least one run in their respective stints.

With the loss, the Braves fall to 7-8.

Their next game will be at home on Friday, June 24th, against the D.C. Grays. First pitch is at 7:00 pm.

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Wednesday, June 22nd

Playing from behind was the name of the game for the Herndon Braves on Wednesday night. The last place Vienna River Dogs would not play as such, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The second frame of play would reflect similar results, as they would add two more to extend the lead. With no signs of offense evident for the Braves in the first three innings, the River Dogs would take advantage and tack on a pair in the fourth.

Down 7-0, the Braves would finally respond in the bottom half of the inning as Conner Hall would belt a 2-RBI double off the fence to cut the deficit. The Herndon pitching staff would hold Vienna scoreless in the top of the fifth, and proceed to tally two more runs in the bottom half thanks to a 2-RBI double from Cooper Mitchell.

With the score at 7-4 Vienna after five complete, it seemed as though Herndon might be able to chip away, but Vienna would add insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Braves, unable to muster up any offense in the ninth, would fall to Vienna for the second time this season.

On the mound for Herndon, pitchers were unable to locate, totaling five walks and surrendering fifteen hits.

With the loss, the Braves fall to 7-7. The club travels to Bethesda tomorrow, Thursday June 23rd, to take on the Big Train in a 7:30pm contest.

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Monday, June 20th

On Monday night, the Braves would meet the Redbirds in a non-divisional matchup, just one night after having to suspend a game against Alexandria in Herndon due to a power outage.

Yet again, the Braves would jump out to an early lead, a trend that has led them to success thus far in the season. In the top half of the first, Kyle Burger would score on a passed ball by the catcher.

The Redbirds would score three in the second, resulting from an RBI double and a 2-run homer.

In the next inning, Herndon would respond with two runs of their own, as Bryan Klendsworth would record an RBI single and Burger would score on another passed ball. Baltimore would tally another run in the bottom half, but both teams would proceed to go scoreless in the fourth.

Herndon started the fifth off with a bang, as Conner Hall would belt a solo shot to tie the game at four, but Baltimore would add their fifth and final run in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an RBI single.

On the mound, Josh Glover was given the start, throwing 5.1 innings while allowing five earned runs on seven hits.

Cayden Stover highlighted the staff’s performance, throwing one inning of no-hit ball, striking out two.

With the 5-4 loss, the Braves fall to 7-6, but remain second in the CRCBL south division.

Their next game will be Wednesday following their off day on Tuesday. Game time against the Vienna River Dogs is set for 7:00 PM.

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Sunday, June 19th

On a beautiful Father’s Day and Sunday evening, the Herndon Braves would look to take on the Alexandria Aces in a doubleheader with the hope of making a statement in the CRCBL South Division.

In game 1, the Aces jumped out to an early one run lead in the top of the second, only to be answered by a Herndon run in the bottom half thanks to a Zach Barron solo shot. The Aces would then return fire by scoring again in the third. The Braves went on to score three in the bottom half, as Andy Mocahbee would continue his hot hitting with an RBI single, as well as a 2 RBI single from Barron.

The fourth inning would feature six runs between the two teams, as Alexandria’s two runs in the top half would be doubled by the Braves in the latter half. Will Redding would line a double into the outfield, scoring Evan Alderman and Garrett Zoukis. Later in the inning, Mocahbee would belt a deep fly ball well over the left field fence, scoring two.

In the seventh, Alexandria would manage to scrape one across the plate, but it would not be enough as Herndon would take game one by a score of 8-5.

On the mound, Colin Morse got the start for Herndon, throwing 3.2 innings allowing four runs—all of which were unearned—on eight hits. Reid Frazier would shine in his outing, throwing 2.1 innings of no-hit ball. Dom Morabito would come in for the save, and he would do just that. The righthander would pitch the final frame, striking out two before shutting the door.

Game 2 would be suspended due to power issues at Alan McCullock Field. It will be resumed at a time and date TBA. The summary for that game will be posted upon completion.

The Braves’ next game will be tomorrow as they head to Baltimore to face the Redbirds in a 6:30 PM matchup.

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Saturday, June 18th

The four game winning streak came to an end for the Herndon Braves on Saturday night. For the second time this season, the Braves would take on the T-Bolts from Silver Spring-Takoma with the hope of remaining at the top of the South division.

Herndon would, as they have done so many times this season, jump out to an early lead; this time, in the first inning. Zach Barron would drive in the game’s first run with an RBI single, scoring Andy Mocahbee.

After surrendering four runs to the T-Bolts in the second and one in the third, the Braves would look to respond. They would do just that, scoring two runs thanks to a Kyle Burger RBI single and Conner Hall RBI groundout.

The T-Bolts would add another in the sixth, and so the Braves would look to cut the deficit once again. Andy Mocahbee would drive in the Braves’ fourth run in the seventh and record an RBI sac-fly in the ninth, but Herndon would fall a run short, losing 6-5.

Chris Lohr, who got the start on the mound, threw three innings surrendering five runs (2 ER). Robert Klinchock would follow, hurling 2.2 innings of no-hit ball. Chase Bailey would get the ball for the remainder of the game, tossing the last 2.1 innings, giving up only two hits.

With the loss, the Braves fall to 6-5 on the season.

The Braves return home on Sunday, June 19th following this week’s stretch of road games. They will host the Alexandria Aces in an important, early season doubleheader with games at 4:30 and 7:00 PM.

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Friday, June 17th

Herndon continued their hot streak on Saturday night, taking on the Baltimore Dodgers and ultimately winning their fourth straight game. In as many games, the Braves have managed to score at least seven runs each time, with Saturday’s final score reflecting a tally of 7-4.

The Braves got the first run up on the board, capitalizing on a Baltimore error that allowed Dakota Graham to score. He would record an RBI the very next inning on one of his two hits earned on the night. Garrett Zoukis would replicate in the sixth, singling home Cayden Stover for the team’s third run. Andy Mocahbee also continued to see the ball well, belting a bases-clearing double. In the eighth, Daulton Brenize would add insurance, bringing home Cayden Stover with an RBI fielder’s choice.

The highlight on the mound was starter Matthew Wojciechowski, throwing five complete innings, allowing just two runs on six hits. Jon Clines followed in relief throwing two frames of no-hit ball.

With the win, the Braves improve to 6-4 which is good enough to give them a share of the south division lead (tied with the Alexandria Aces).

The Braves’ next game will be at Silver Spring-Takoma as they take on the T-Bolts at 7:00 pm.

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Wednesday, June 15th

For the third straight game, the Herndon Braves came out victorious. The Wednesday night matchup against the Gaithersburg Giants did not come as easy as the previous two, but the Braves nonetheless managed to outslug their opponents by a score of 10-8.

Andy Mocahbee got things started early with a sacrifice fly. The second run would come as a result of a Cayden Stover fielder’s choice. Will Redding would add to the damage by belting a home run over the centerfield fence.

Stover added to the scoring once again by stealing third and forcing an errant throw, allowing him to cross home. Cooper Mitchell continued to see the ball well, drawing a bases-loaded walk to extend the lead to 5-3 at that point in the game.

Following the walk, Dakota Graham blasted a bases-clearing double to open the floodgates. The Giants would start to chip away, though, as the next inning they would drive in two runs to make it 9-5. A two-run home run for Gaithersburg would close the gap even more, and to cap their scoring off for the night, an RBI groundout would tally their eighth and final run.

Heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Braves would look for insurance, and they found just that in a Cayden Stover solo shot. Dom Morabito would close it out for Herndon, and as a result, the club would improve to 5-4.

The Braves next game will be tomorrow, June 16th, at Rockville against the Express. Herndon returns home on Sunday, June 19th for a doubleheader against the Alexandria Aces.

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Monday, June 13th

For the second straight night, the Herndon Braves pitched a shutout en route to a win. It was not a low scoring affair by any means either, as the Braves put up nine runs in the victory against the Vienna River Dogs. Conner Hall continued his dominance on the mound, getting the ball for the start. He would go on to throw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. Vienna would get one hit after that, and that would be all they would get on the night.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Braves were led once again by the Mocahbee twins and Cooper Mitchell. The latter would start the scoring off with an RBI double in the second. Andy Mocahbee would follow up with a solo home run in the next inning. His brother Alan would not be outdone, though, as he would blast a three-run shot in the fifth inning to open the floodgates.

Will Redding would continue to hit the ball well on Monday night, driving in a run in the sixth. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Bryan Klendworth would drive a double to the wall and empty the bags.

The win for the Braves brings them to .500 at 4-4. Tuesday will be the team’s first off day of the season. Herndon will resume play on Wednesday when the Gaithersburg Giants come to town for a 7:00 PM matchup.

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Sunday, June 12th

The Herndon offense was clicking on all cylinders, highlighted by Cooper Mitchell’s phenomenal night at the plate (2-3, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, BB) and a lights-out effort from the pitching staff. The 7-0 victory was the Braves’ third win of the season, and it was a convincing one. The hometown club would jump out to an early lead in the bottom of the first, tallying two runs on an Alan Mocahbee RBI groundout followed by a T-Bolt error later in the inning.

Cayden Stover would manage to get on the following inning, and took it upon himself to steal second, putting himself in scoring position for a Will Redding RBI single. Cooper Mitchell’s 2 RBI double in the third inning would bring it to 5-0.  The Braves would go on to add to that lead with an RBI groundout in the fifth and Mitchell solo home run in the sixth.

Chris Lohr would prove to be dominant on the mound as the team’s starter, throwing 3.1 innings allowing zero runs on four hits. Eppard and Schwartz would combine to close out the game, allowing only one hit between the two.

With the win, the Braves improve to 3-4.

Their next game will be an away game against the Vienna River Dogs scheduled to be played at home, Alan McCullock Field, with first pitch at 7:00 pm.

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Saturday, June 11th

It would be on Saturday Night that the defending CRCBL champions Baltimore Redbirds would roll into Herndon to take on the hometown Braves, looking to maintain their spot at the top of the division. Colin Morse would get the start for Herndon in search of his first win of the season.

The Redbirds would jump out to an early lead in the top of the third, starting the scoring with a 2-RBI single. They would add another in the fifth, scoring on an infield single off of Ryan Caudle, the right hander who would replace Morse. The Braves would answer in the bottom half, scoring a run on an errant throw by the catcher to third base.

The back and forth affair would continue, as Baltimore would tally another in the sixth to bring the score to 4-1. Another miscue for the Redbirds resulted in Herndon’s second run of the game. An Andy Mocahbee fly ball to left field was misplayed allowing Evan Alderman to score.

The Redbirds would threaten again in the eighth loading the bases with nobody out, but a valiant effort from Dom Morabito—2 strikeouts and a groundout—would keep the Braves out of trouble. Herndon would be unable to muster up any additional offense, and Baltimore would close out the contest by a score of 4-2.

With the loss, Herndon falls to 2-4 on the season.

The Braves’ next game will be tomorrow, Sunday June 12th, against the Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts. The matchup will start at 7:00 PM.

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Friday, June 10th

Despite the season being young, Friday night’s matchup against the D.C. Grays was an important one for Herndon as they would look to pull closer to .500. The Braves would do just that, scoring in six of the nine frames totaling 10 runs on the night. The club matched that number in the hit column as well, with three Braves earning multi-hit nights. The hero at the plate was Bryan Klendworth, who had two hits and four RBI. Michael Kuzbel also had a pair of hits while contributing two RBI. Five members of the Herndon pitching staff made appearances in the contest, with Matthew Wojciechowski getting the start. He threw three frames, giving up three runs with two of those being unearned. Although the Grays responded to almost every scoring inning by scoring themselves, their seven runs were not enough as they would take the loss at home.

With the win, the Braves improve to 2-3 on the year.

Their next game will be Saturday, June 11th against the Baltimore Redbirds. First pitch at McCullock field is slated for 7:00 pm.

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Thursday, June 9th

On a sunny evening in Alexandria, the Aces pitching staff proved to be too much for the Herndon Braves. In a game that saw no scoring for the visiting Braves until the final frame, the Aces were able to score two pairs of runs, one time in the fifth, and again in the eighth. In Saul Aguilera’s first start of the summer, he went 4.1 innings, surrendering two unearned runs despite only giving up three hits. Chris Lohr would take over on the mound, throwing 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.

Errors were the name of the game for the Braves on Thursday night, tallying five in the contest. On the other side of the ball, Zach Barron’s 2-RBI double was the only sign of offense on the night.

With the loss, the Braves fall to 1-3 and will travel to D.C. to take on the Grays on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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Wednesday, June 8th

On what all would agree was a beautiful day for baseball, the Braves would host last year’s regular season champion Bethesda Big Train in a much-anticipated early season matchup. Herndon would jump out to an early lead in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs thanks to Andy Mocahbee. The first baseman would drop in an RBI single into the outfield and later score on a Bethesda error. A pair of Big Train RBI singles in the second would even it back up and it would stay that way until the fourth, where the Braves would mirror their scoring from the first. An RBI single from Will Redding and eventual run resulting from a defensive miscue would extend the Braves’ lead to 4-2. Bethesda would go on to score the game’s next six runs, with one coming in the fifth, two in the seventh and three in the eighth. The Braves would not go down quietly, however, as Andy Mocahbee would come up big yet again by belting a 2 run shot over the center field fence. That would be the last of the offense, as Bethesda would eventually close out the 8-6 contest.

With the Big Train’s ability to bunch together their hits throughout the night, the Braves pitching staff had their fair share of work. Starter Jack Fant went three innings, allowing two runs before handing the ball to Ryan Caudle. The righthander would surrender a run in his two innings of work. Josh Glover, AJ Korczynski and Dom Morabito would handle the final four frames, but the opposition would go on to score another five runs in that span.

With the loss, the Braves fall to 1-2 on the season.

The club will travel to Alexandria tomorrow, Thursday June 9th, to take on the Aces in a 7:00pm game at Frank Mann Field.

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Tuesday, June 7th

In a game that lasted just over two hours, the Braves were able to get in the win column in their second contest of the season. The pitching staff for Herndon spent no time messing around, as they would hold the Baltimore Dodgers to just two hits on the night. Starter Conner Hall was the story, tossing five innings of no-hit ball before handing it over to Mark LeDuc. Robert Klinchock would follow, and the game would eventually be closed out by Steven Schwartz. The lone score of the game came in the bottom of the eighth, where a Dodger dropped third strike and an errant throw would result in a Herndon run.

Despite the lack of offense on both sides, the Braves found a way to come out victorious with much thanks to be given to the arms on the mound.

The Braves will host the Bethesda Big Train tomorrow, Wednesday June 8th, at 7:00 PM.

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Monday, June 6th 

In Herndon’s Opening Night, there was much to celebrate with the start of a new season. However, the River Dogs of Vienna proved to be too much for the Braves, as they would edge out a 6-5 win. Alan Mocahbee got the offense off to a good start though, belting a 2 run homerun in his first at bat of the season. Colin Morse was effective on the mound as well, limiting the River Dogs to only one run in four innings of work. The Vienna lineup started to heat up after his stint was over as they would do most of their damage in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring four of their six runs. Andy Mocahbee had 2 RBI on the night, breaking a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double. The River Dogs would answer by adding 2 more in the top of the 8th which would prove to be the final runs of the game.

The Braves are scheduled to host the Baltimore Dodgers tomorrow, June 7th, at Herndon High School, with first pitch slated for 7:00 PM.

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