HAYS — The Great Bend Braves Class A American Legion baseball team fell short in both games of a doubleheader at Hays on Tuesday.
The Braves lost the first game 7-4 and the second game 8-3 to fall to 23-8 on the season.
Braden Jones pitched all six innings of the first game, giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks. He recorded five strikeouts.
Daniel Herrman and Lance Ward both had a good game at the plate, each going 3-for-4. Herrman had one RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Ward drove in two runs.
In spite of their efforts, the Braves still left nine runners on base.
“That just killed us in the first game,” Braves head coach Randy Beck said. “We couldn’t seem to get that key hit to get us across the plate.”
Mitch Johnson started the second game, going two innings and giving up five runs on five hits and five walks.
Jonathon Allende came in to relieve Johnson, giving up three runs in four innings of work. Allende gave up five hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Bryce Beck went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the second game.
The Braves play their final regular-season games at home against Sedgwick on Friday, with the first game scheduled to start at 6 p.m.