Braves Conclude Season after Falling to Bethesda
In the face of elimination, Herndon needed to take game 2 on Tuesday night in order to force a game 3 on Wednesday. The Braves fell a couple runs short, as they would lose by a score of 8-6.
Once again, the Big Train jumped out to an early lead, scoring two in the bottom of the 1st. The Braves were able to respond, however, in the 3rd as they would put up four runs. Nick Atkinson got the scoring started as he would put a ball in play that would force a Bethesda error, allowing two to score. Michael Smith would then follow with a double, scoring Atkinson. To round off the explosive inning, Jake Kuzbel would knock in Smith with an RBI single.
The Big Train would tally another in the 5th, only to be topped by a 2 run inning by the Braves in the 7th. Alex Lipman would pick up an RBI on a fielder’s choice, and then Andy Mocahbee would pick up one of his own after an error by the shortstop. It was in the bottom of the 7th in which the wheels would fall off for the Braves. Multiple bases-loaded walks would contribute to a 5 run frame for the Big Train, ultimately giving them the lead and the win. Bethesda would close out the 8th and 9th, earning the win and a spot in the championship series.
The Big Train will take on the Baltimore Redbirds in a best-of-three series beginning on Friday, July 31st at Calvert Hall High School.
Home Runs Power Bethesda in Game 1
The Herndon Braves hosted the Bethesda Big Train in game 1 of a best-of-three semifinal series on Monday night. It didn’t take very long for the Big Train to find some offense. In the top of the 1st, they tallied three hits, including a 2 run blast courtesy of Zach Kirtley. The Braves would respond in the bottom half, capitalizing and scoring on a Bethesda error on a ball put into play by Andy Mocahbee. Jake Kuzbel would later drive one in with an RBI single, tying it up at 2. The tie wouldn’t last, as Bethesda would add another pair in the top of the 2nd. Connor Norton’s night would be over at that point, and Timmy Wages would come in to limit the damage.
Andy Mocahbee would do his best to help out Wages, hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the 3rd, cutting the deficit in half. It would be in the 4th when the Braves would pull even, drawing a bases-loaded walk from Alex Lipman. The 6th would play host to another Big Train 2 run home run, this one coming from Tim Yandel, breaking the 4-4 tie. Bethesda would go on to add three more, making it 9-4 heading into the bottom half. What seemed like a promising inning for the Braves in the bottom of the 7th turned out to be just a 1 run frame. An untimely double play killed the momentum for Herndon, but a run scored in the process, making it 9-5. That would be the last run scored in the game, as the Bethesda Big Train would take game 1 with ease.
The Braves, who are now down 0-1 in the series, must take two in a row in Bethesda, as they will travel to take on the Big Train on Tuesday, the 28th at 7:30 p.m. There will be a game 3 on Wednesday, if necessary.
Herndon Advances to Semifinals
In a win or go home situation, the Herndon Braves staved off elimination and pulled out a victory Sunday night in Maryland. The Thunderbolts of Silver Spring-Takoma put up a fight, as the game would go 12 innings. In the end, the Braves would prevail, capitalizing on a Thunderbolt error.
The score would be tied at 2 until the 8th inning where the Braves would add 2 more. The Thunderbolts would answer with 2 of their own, and the score would remain deadlocked for another three innings. Michael Smith made the decision to steal third to put himself 90 feet from scoring the go-ahead run, but an overthrow from the catcher granted him that in the same play. Connor Hall would seal the deal in the bottom of the 12th, allowing the Braves to see another day. The offense was led by Andy Mocahbee who went 2-4 on the night, and Michael Smith who scored twice and tallied an RBI as well as two walks.
Jack Fant, who got the start for the Braves, was very efficient in his efforts on the mound. He threw 7 innings and allowed just one earned run, giving the team just what they were looking for.
With the win, Herndon advances to the semifinals of the CRCL playoffs. They will host the Bethesda Big Train in game 1 of a best-of-three series starting Monday. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Extra Inning Win Sends Braves to Playoffs
There was one spot remaining in the playoffs as of 7:00 p.m. Friday night, and the Braves were looking to secure it with a win against the Vienna River Dogs. Despite losing Thursday night to Bethesda, Herndon remained in the driver’s seat with one game left in the regular season due to the fact that they owned the tiebreaker over the Alexandria Aces.
The contest was an exciting one to say the least, taking all of 12 innings to determine a winner. Herndon was able to put up five runs before Vienna could even respond, and much credit was to be given to Saul Aguilera, who had an outstanding night on the mound. The right hander threw 5.2 innings of 1 hit ball, giving up 2 runs although neither were earned. During his work, Aguilera got the Braves out of a bases loaded jam to keep the River Dogs scoreless. Ray Brewer came in to relieve Aguilera for 1.1 innings, and then Mitch Aker would come in for an unfamiliar night’s work, throwing 5 full innings.
The offensive front was led by Daniel DiMatteo and Alan Mocahbee, each recording two hits and two RBI on the night. It was in the 12th inning when Alan Mocahbee would break a 5-5 tie with a solo blast that would ultimately serve as the go-ahead winning run for the club.
With the win, the Braves finish the regular season with a record of 19-21. The team also secures the 5 seed in the CRCL playoffs and will begin on Sunday, July 26th as they travel to Silver Spring-Takoma to take on the Thunderbolts in a first round matchup.
First pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Bethesda Defeats Herndon to Earn Home Field Advantage
The Herndon Braves hosted the league-leading Bethesda Big Train on Thursday night looking to get that last win needed to seal a spot in the playoffs. The Big Train started the scoring early with a solo shot in the 2nd inning from the league leader in homeruns, Chris Lewis. They would tack on another in the 3rd to make it 2-0. Herndon would cut the lead in half in the 4th as a result of a Bethesda defensive miscue. Chris Lewis would add to his homer total with another long ball in the 5th, this time bringing it two runs making the score 4-1.
Later in the 6th, Jackson Martin would hit a slow dribbler to the 3rd baseman who would forego the throw home, allowing Logan Augustine to score. The next half inning, however, would be when Bethesda would gain the run right back via an RBI double from Zack Kirtley. Lewis would return to the plate looking for his third hit of the night, and he would do just that bringing in another run with a double of his own, making it 6-2. That would remain the score for the rest of the game, and the Big Train would pick up their 29th win on the season.
With the loss, Herndon must now win their final game tomorrow against Vienna to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. If the Braves lose, they will need Bethesda to defeat Alexandria in order to make it in, as the Braves own the tiebreaker over the Aces.
Herndon’s game tomorrow against the River Dogs will be held at James Madison High School, slated for 7:00 p.m.
Braves Drop Second Straight Heading into Final Week
Herndon fell to D.C. on Sunday afternoon by the score of 9-2. The Grays outhit the Braves 12-2 on their way to winning their fourth straight. The 5th inning was the only one in which the Braves were able to find the plate, manufacturing both runs from an Alex Lipman RBI single and Jake Kuzbel sacrifice fly. Four members of D.C. had multi-hit efforts on the afternoon, and they did the most damage in the 4th when they put up five runs to make it 7-0. The two hits for Herndon in today’s game gives the club five hits over the last two days, a stat not reflective of their offensive dominance in Friday’s sweep.
The second consecutive loss for Herndon brings them to 17-20 as they head into the final week of the regular season looking to capture a playoff spot.
The Braves will travel to D.C. again tomorrow for another matchup with the Grays. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Herndon Shut Out in Bethesda
Only one day following a much-needed sweep, the Braves fell to the Big Train on the road. The offense was only able to muster up three hits (Augustine, Lipman, J. Smith), none of which were able to bring in any runs. The pitching staff was unable to find its groove either, giving up seven runs, even though two were unearned. Bethesda’s offense jumped out in front early, scoring a run in each of the first two innings. The real damage came in the middle, however, when the Big Train would score five runs over the course of the 4th and 5th innings.
Big Train starting pitcher Tim Yandel was outstanding on the mound, throwing six innings and allowing just two hits to the 21 batters he faced.
With the loss the Braves fall to 17-19, and will travel to D.C. on Sunday to take on the Grays in a 1 p.m. contest.
Braves Improve Playoff Chances with Sweep
In Friday’s double header, game 1 possessed a great amount of offense, with numerous extra base hits. Alexandria would plate their first run via an RBI triple in the 2nd, but Herndon would follow up that with a 2 run blast from Alex Lipman in the top of the 3rd. Connor Hall maintained the newly acquired lead, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half, displaying great poise and control. The Braves would find the plate once again in the 5th, as a hard hit single from Jake Kuzbel would bring in Herndon’s third run. The offense would refuse to relent, as Alan Mocahbee would hit a grand slam to make it 7-1. Alexandria flexed their muscles as well, hitting a 2 run home run of their own in the 6th to bring the score to 7-3. It would be too little, too late, as Herndon would seal the deal and take game 1.
In game 2, Michael Smith would get the Braves on the board first in the 2nd inning with an RBI single. In the following frame, the Aces would tie it up with an RBI single from Danny Pardo. Aside from that mishap, Saul Aguilera had an outstanding night on the mound, throwing seven complete allowing the lone run while tallying five strikeouts in the process. The game would head to extras where Mitch Aker would take over the pitching duties, carrying the Braves into 10th, where they would win the game. The victory came on a walk-off hit by pitch on the ribs of Danny DiMatteo after the Braves loaded the bases.
With the sweep, the Braves improve to 17-18 and look to make it an even .500 as they travel to Bethesda tomorrow to take on the Big Train at 7:30.
Braves Get Swept in Twin Bill
Game 1 was nothing short of a bad break for Herndon, as they would hold a lead for the majority of the game until the 7th inning when Silver Spring-Takoma would blast a 2-run home run to take the lead for good. Despite the loss, Daniel DiMatteo had an outstanding night at the plate going 3-3 to improve his average to .281. Chris Lohr was the starting pitcher for the Braves in game 1, and fared quite well. He allowed just 2 runs over his 5 innings of work and struck out 4 in the process. The final score for game 1 was 4-3 in favor of the Thunderbolts.
Game 2 started off great for RHP Kyle Hassan, who held the Thunderbolts scoreless until the 5th inning. The Braves were up 3-0 heading into the 5th, but gave up 3 runs to make it even. Chase Bailey was brought in to limit the damage, and he would do just that. The following inning, however, Silver Spring-Takoma would tack on another, taking the lead. They would add two more in the 7th, giving them a 6-3 lead. The Braves would not go down quietly, loading the bases in the last half and scoring two. The effort would not be enough, as the Thunderbolts would take the 6-5 win. Despite falling in game 2, the Herndon offense was led by Jacob Weston, who went 2-3 in the contest.
The Braves fall to 15-18 on the season, and will look to rebound tomorrow as they host the Alexandria Aces in a double header at Herndon High School, with game times scheduled for 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Braves Split for Second Straight Day
The Braves hosted the Bethesda Big Train in a double header Monday evening at Alan McCullock Field that featured two 7 inning contests. Game 1 was a nail-biter, with both teams each scoring a run in the first inning and remaining scoreless until the sixth. While it was Alan Mocahbee that drove in the first run of the game, it was his twin brother Andy that delivered the go-ahead run in the form of a solo shot that flew over the left field monster. The one run lead would be all Mitch Aker would need, as he would come into the game in the 7th inning and get the last three outs.
Jack Fant was both efficient and dominant in his start, allowing only one run on four hits over six innings of work, while also tallying five strikeouts.
Game 2 featured more Herndon power, as Alex Lipman crushed a solo shot in the bottom of the first, putting the Braves up early. Jordan Chudacoff was unable to deliver a shutdown inning following Lipman’s blast, as he would give up a 2 run home run in the top of the second. An unfortunate bases-loaded error by the Braves in the fourth would allow two more to cross the plate, making it 4-1. A balk in the same inning would make it 5-1. The score would remain the same until the seventh, when Bethesda’s Chris Lewis drilled the team’s second home run of the game to make it 6-1. One last run would make it 7-1, and the Big Train would get the last three outs despite the Braves tacking on one more. Final score of game 2: Bethesda 7, Herndon 2.
With the split, the Braves record is 15-16.
The Braves are now on the All-Star break, and will resume play on Thursday.
Braves Earn Split in Vienna
Sunday night’s double header served to be a roller coaster for Herndon as they would fall in game one due to a lack of offense, only to witness a no-hitter thrown by Connor Norton in game two. While clutch hitting was nowhere to be found in the first game, it was in the game two victory that Mitch Carroll delivered a huge 2 RBI double to put the Braves ahead for good.
Connor Norton’s performance could not have come at a better time, as Herndon seeks to make a playoff push with only twelve games left. The Braves are looking to make it in the top six teams that ultimately make the playoffs, and with Norton’s no-hit, five strikeout effort, they set themselves up perfectly for what is an undoubtedly important week of baseball.
The Braves will host the division-leading Bethesda Big Train for a double header on Monday, July 13th. Game times are scheduled for 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Bjorngjeld Derails Express
Samuel Bjorngjeld continued the dominance shown by the Braves’ pitching staff the past couple games, throwing seven shutout innings. While it wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Braves could find a run in Andy Mocahbee’s solo shot, Bjorngjeld followed it up in seventh with a shutdown inning, keeping the Express at bay.
A defensive miscue by the Braves enabled the Express to tie it up in the eighth, but the Braves were able to capture their second walk-off victory against Rockville this season with a blast from Jamie Smith in the tenth.
Despite his efforts, Bjorngjeld was handed the no-decision.
This gives the Braves their second straight win, and they will head to Vienna tomorrow to take on the River Dogs in a double header looking to bring themselves back up to .500. Game times are scheduled for 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Aguilera Dominates Dodgers
A solid start by Saul Aguilera was what allowed the offense to relax at the plate and help reel in the 5-3 win for the Braves. Throwing six innings and only allowing two runs, Aguilera moved the game along with his quick pace and ability to get ahead early. There were four Braves who had multi-hit performances on the night. Andy Mocahbee paced the offence going 2-3 with 2 runs. Herndon was able to tack on huge insurance runs in the 6th and 7th innings, as a few misplays and mental mistakes by the Dodgers enabled the Braves to run away with the win.
Saul Aguilera improves to 2-1 on the season with the win.
The Braves will host the Rockville Express on Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Offense Unloads in Doubleheader
The Herndon Braves faced the Baltimore Dodgers in two games Monday evening, and put up twenty runs in the process. Pitching was a key factor in the first game, as Jack Fant (Wheaton / McLean, VA) threw the lights out in his seven innings of work, allowing only one run on four hits. Mitch Aker (William & Mary / Fairfax, VA) threw two innings to close the door, allowing only one hit during his time on the mound.
While pitching was not as efficient for the Braves in the second game, the offense continued its attack that had started in game one. At the end of the second inning, Herndon found themselves trailing 10-1. However, in the next five innings they would find a way to put up thirteen runs to pull off an incredible comeback and earn the sweep of the Dodgers. Daniel DiMatteo (Westfield State) led the charge for the Braves, going 3-4 including a double as well as two RBI.
With the wins, the Braves improve to 8-10 on the season, jumping two spots in the divisional standings.
Their next game will be on the road, as they go up against the Rockville Express on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Bullpens Shine, Giants Outhit Braves
The Herndon Braves were unable to keep up with the Gaithersburg Giants Sunday night, losing 6-2. Not being able to hit with runners in scoring position seemed to be the story for the Braves, as INF Alex Lipman (Salisbury / Gaithersburg, MD) picked up the only RBIs on the night with one of his three hits. Taylor Bloom took the mound for the Giants and threw five quality innings, giving up only two runs on four hits. The Gaithersburg bullpen finished it from there, throwing four shutout innings.
While the bullpen for the Braves was brilliant, Wes Todd (Lincoln Memorial / Franklin, TN) was unable to harness the Giants’ offense, giving up six runs in his 4.1 innings of work.
With the loss, Herndon falls to 6-10 on the season, and will look to turn things around Monday as they travel to Baltimore to take on the Dodgers in a double header.
Braves Fall Despite Alexandria Errors
Herndon was unable to pull out the victory Tuesday night in Alexandria, even though the Aces committed three errors that all led to unearned runs. While the offense has been red-hot for Herndon the past week, it was only able to muster up six hits against Alexandria’s pitching staff. Two Braves, however, had multi-hit efforts in the contest, as Mitch Carroll and Jackson Martin each had two hits and a stolen base.
Jack Fant was credited with the loss, despite throwing five innings and only giving up two runs.
Herndon is now 5-5 on the season and will look to stay above .500 in their next game as they host the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Herndon High School on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Braves Lose Heartbreaker on the Road
Heading in to the bottom of the ninth, the braves had a comfortable 7-5 lead which looked to be enough in order to get the win. The Bethesda Big Train would not go quietly. After numerous base runners, the Big Train were able to plate three and walk off in fashion. Andy Mocahbee was able to stay hot at the plate, going 3-4 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs. Timmy Wages was dominant on the mound during his stint, throwing 2.2 innings allowing only one hit with no runs and two strikeouts.
With the loss, the Braves remain above .500 at 5-4.
The Braves will host the Baltimore Redbirds at Herndon High School on Monday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Three is the Number!
The Herndon Braves offense continued their tear tonight against the D.C. Grays, doling out 9 runs and raising their run total from their three game winning streak to 25. Productive at-bats and key hits with runners in scoring position were what did it for the Braves in tonight’s win. Alan Mocahbee highlighted the club’s offensive efforts, going 3-4 with a 3 run home run, a double, and three runs.
The winning pitcher on the night was Samuel Bjorngjeld.
With their third straight win, the Braves improve to 5-3 on the season.
The Braves are on the road tomorrow, June 14th, as they travel to face the Bethesda Big Train at 7:30 p.m at Shirley Povich Field.
Todd Shines as Braves Pull Out Close Win
Wes Todd helped out a bullpen that was in need of rest, throwing 6.1 innings of shutout baseball. Despite giving up eight hits, Todd managed his baserunners extremely well keeping them off home plate for the entirety of his outing. The offense did not let his efforts go to waste, as key hits by Andy Mocahbee (3-4, 1 RBI, Run) and Ryan Owens (1-4, 2 RBI) in the first inning catapulted the Braves to an early 3-0 lead. This proved to be all the support Todd needed, as he would carry the Braves deep into the game with his dominant performance.
With the win, the Braves improve to 4-3 on the season.
They will host the DC Grays tomorrow night at Herndon High School at 7 pm.
Offense Explodes for Big Win against Vienna
Tallying both double digit runs and hits, the FCA Herndon Braves reeled in a big win against the River Dogs of Vienna. While there were numerous notable performances at the plate for the Braves, those of Ryan Owens (2-3, 3 RBI, 2 runs, BB) and Logan Augustine (2-2, 2 RBI, Run, 3 BB) stood out. Alan Mocahbee also had 3 RBIs to his name. The Braves tacked on two triples to the scorebook, one of which belonged to Owens, with the other coming from Jamie Smith.
The pitching pulled their weight and kept the club in the game, allowing only one run in the last five innings.
The Braves improve to an even .500 on the season at 3-3, and will host the Alexandria Aces tomorrow at 7pm.
Braves Fall to Express in Extras
The Braves lost a well-fought battle to the Rockville Express in extra innings Sunday evening. Despite the loss, the bullpen was a force to be reckoned with, limiting the opposition to just one earned run.
Timmy Wages and Ryne Caudel both put forth strong efforts on the mound, as Wages threw two complete innings giving up only one hit and two strikeouts, highlighted by a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th. Caudel hurled two and two-thirds innings, matching Wages’ lone hit and two strikeouts.
The offense capitalized on key hits with runners in scoring position, with Jake Kuzbel leading the way (2-2, 1 RBI, 1 Run).
The Braves fall to 2-3 on the season with the loss, and will host the Vienna River Dogs on Thursday, June 11th at 7 pm.
Home Run Power Fuels Offense for Braves
Jamie Smith (2-3, HR, RBI, run) and Jack Hamner (2-4, HR, RBI, 2 runs) led the offense for the FCA Herndon Braves who were able to snag a 4-2 victory against the Gaithersburg Giants at Herndon High School Sunday night.
Hamner led the game off with a solo shot that went deep beyond the center field fence. Smith followed suit later in the eighth, blasting a home run that broke the 2-2 tie. The Braves would tack on another run resulting from a Giants’ error, and that would be all the support Mitch Aker needed, as he shut the door with a game-ending double play.
Kyle Hassan allowed no runs with five hits given up over the first three innings of the game.
Saul Aguilera struck out three, limiting the Giants to only one run over his three innings of work.
The Braves improve to 2-2 on the season with the victory, and will host the Baltimore Dodgers on Monday, June 8th at 7 pm.