The 2012 St. Matthews Babe Ruth baseball season got underway with a bang as the Braves rallied twice to seize a 12-8 win from the River Cats.
Both teams plated three runs in the first inning and were scoreless in the second before a four run Braves uprising gave them their first lead of the game.
Bennie Ruiz opened the frame with a walk, moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt, raced to third on Reed Hutchinsonâ€™s grounder to second and scored on a wild pitch. Connor Oliver followed with a single and Joe Zeiser blasted a double to left to bring him home. Bear Brownâ€™s single through the left side plated Zeiser and closed the scoring.
The River Cats answered in their half of the inning with two runs when a Jack Tompkins single chased home Allen Orms and Tony Mastropaolo.
The lead changed hands for the third time the following inning, courtesy of a three run River Cats uprising. Josh Wilson got things started with a walk, stole second and third and came home on a Gabe Carter single to center.
Kenny Carter singled to bring his brother home for a second time in the game. Carter stole second and third and raced home on a Mastropaolo grounder to short.
The lead was short-lived as the Braves decided the affair with a five run fifth. Zeiser picked up his second RBI when he singled through the left side to bring home Ruiz and tie the game. A misplayed grounder to third allowed Hutchinson to score the go ahead run one batter later.
The Braves added insurance runs when the inningâ€™s second error allowed Alex Barnum to reach and sent home Jack Farmer and Brown. Spencer Foremanâ€™s single to left scored Clayton Krampe with the gameâ€™s final run.
Brown got the win despite giving up three runs in the fourth and Zeiser pitching a scoreless fifth to close the game. Kenny Carter suffered his first loss of the year. Zeiser paced the Braves offense, going 2-2 and scoring two runs to add to his RBIs. Mastropaoloâ€™s 2-3 day, with two RBIs and two runs scored led the River Cats offensive.
The Babe Ruth season, for 13-15 year olds, continues through July 3 with five teams vying for this yearâ€™s championship.