Another lefty beats Braves

7/24/05 – Staunton News Leader

Mills sets down 15 on strikeouts By Al Samuels Sports Writer STAUNTON — For the second night in a row, the Staunton Braves’ bats succomed to a left-hander as Harrisonburg’s Brad Mills held the Braves to one run during the Turks’ 2-1 Valley Baseball League win Saturday night. The hard thrower from Arizona gave up six hits, while striking out 15 and walking three, in his route-going performance. Hard-luck right-hander Kori Wade took the loss for the Braves after seven innings of work. He gave up two runs on five hits, while walking four and strikiing out seven. "He was nasty in the late innings," Braves designated hitter Brandon Marsh said of Mills. "He had great location of his curveball in the later innings. That’s why we hit him early, but after he got command of the curve, with his fast ball, it was hard to hit." "That’s not his best game," Turk head coach Bob Wease said. "He struck out 14 in seven innings against Luray last week. I can’t believe this kid has only thrown 15 innings for Arizona in the last two years. He’s been good for us." Staunton actually jumped on top during the bottom of the first inning. Marsh led off with an infield single and moved to second on a groundout. Joe Angelberger then came through with a two-out, run-scoring single to center to put the Braves on top 1-0. Wade was sailing into the fifth inning with a no-hitter when he ran into control problems. A walk, an infield single by Mike Obyc and another walk loaded the bases with no outs. Brett Munster delivered a sacrifice fly to center for the first run, and Kacy Bruce’s RBI groundout gave the Turks a 2-1 lead during the fifth. Kade Keowen and Marsh singled back-to-back to give the Braves runners on first and second with one out during the fifth. But Mills struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam. During the sixth, the Turks got runners on second and third with no outs, but Wade got out of the inning without a run scoring. A groundout, a botched squeeze attempt by the Turks and a groundout to short ended the threat. The Braves had one last chance agaiinst Mills during the ninth. Pinch hitter Jamie Ray reached on an infield single to lead the inning off, and one out later, Keowen singled to right. But, once again, Mills went to his wicked curveball to strike out the next two batters and preserve the win. Marsh, Angelberger and Keowen led the Brave attack with two hits each. With the win the Turks improve to 22-19, protecting second place in the South Division from the 19-18 Braves. Staunton, which has six games remaining in the regular season, is back at Moxie Stadium tonight for a visit from Woodstock. Mills and Sluder. Wade, McGahey (8) and Engelhardt. W — Mills. L — Wade. HR — none.