Lane strikes out seven to lead the 12u Braves past Yankees

Published 2:28 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019

AMERICUS – With the Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department (SCPRD) youth baseball regular season nearing its end, the 12u Braves team wanted to finish strong before the end-of-season tournament begins on Monday, May 13. In the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 7, the Braves tied the Rangers 7-7. In Game 2 against the Yankees, Braves starting pitcher Caden Lane struck out seven batters to lead his team to a 7-4 victory at the SCPRD baseball complex.

12u Yankees pitcher Cameron Dowdey at the plate.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

“It was a good mound performance by Caden Lane,” 12u Braves head coach Blake Dukes said. “He threw well, and then, we just played baseball.”

Lisa Lauren, left, and Alexis Edge, right, watching Braves’ left fielder Brandon Edwards. Lauren is Edwards’ grandmother and Edge is his cousin.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Braves scored three runs in the first inning. Kinney Kinnebrew led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single by Maddox Dukes. This led to three runs being scored by the Braves. The Yankees responded with two runs in their half of the first inning. Seth Martin and Chandler Highnote both singled. This led to two runs being scored by the Yankees.

12u Braves first baseman Zach Cook at the plate. Cook walked twice and stole second in the win over the Yankees.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Braves scored four more runs in the third inning to secure the victory. Lane contributed an RBI single and scored a run. Brandon Edwards, DeMarion Flint and Justin Leverette each drove in an RBI by drawing a walk.

The mother and sister of 12u Yankees’ player Seth Martin watching him play.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Braves finished the regular season with a record of 3-5-1. They, along with the rest of the 12u teams, will now prepare for the end-of-season tournament, which begins on Monday, May 13.