Braves pitching stymies Winchester, snaps winning streak
WINCHESTER – Despite a quality start from Ryan Kennedy, the Royals produced just three hits and one run as the Staunton Braves halted Winchester’s four game winning streak at Gypsy Hill Field on Sunday night, defeating them 4-1.
Kennedy, who allowed six runs in his last start against the Braves, pitched six innings and permitted just three earned runs to cross the plate in the loss. After opening with four scoreless frames, the southpaw uncorked a wild pitch in the fifth inning to allow the game’s first run.
After Jordan Huntley scored on an error in the sixth to even the score, Brandon Hernandez grabbed the lead back with an RBI single in the bottom half. A couple batters later, Matthew Golda drove in a pair with a single to extend the Braves lead to 4-1.
Winchester loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, signaling the end of Justin Showalter’s outing (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 K). Bradyn Kail entered and sat down Jordan Huntley and Chris Salvey to end the threat. Kail threw two more hitless innings and collectively struck out six batters in the eight-out save.
Chris Salvey (1-for-4, 2 K) in his first game back since suffering a concussion, tallied one of Winchester’s three hits while Masen Prososky and Aaron Palensky accounted for the other two.
Jake Posey and Kody Gardere combined for two shutout innings out of the bullpen to follow Kennedy’s six inning, six hit, three-run, and five strikeout performance.
Winchester (9-11) returns to Bridgeforth on Monday night to host the top team in the South, Covington (15-6). Last time these two teams met was a doubleheader on June 17 where the Royals split with the Lumberjacks.