Defending Ohio Valley Baseball League champion Barton has been playing in a funk so far this summer. Tuesday night was no exception, but the end result is all veteran manager Billy Timko cares about.
No-hit for five innings, the Braves (4-4) recorded only two safeties but rallied for a 3-2 victory over a much-improved Shadyside (0-12) squad on Henning Field inside Pramesa Park.
“I hope this snaps us out of this spell we’ve been in. There was no flow to the game tonight. It was kind of dry,” Timko said. “We just haven’t been hitting the ball like we are capable of, but we keep battling and battling.
“We lucked out you could say. They (Shadyside) played one heckuva game,” Timko added. “Their guy pitched a great game. We weren’t hitting him.”
Deadlocked at two with Isaac Rine at third and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Kaden Blomquist lifted a major-league popup behind short that fell untouched to complete the comeback from a 2-0 deficit.