May 18, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorKadon DeWitt, Vincent Brown, Ricky Hoffman and Braeden Cash all had multiple-hit games in a 20-3 win.
Wednesday's game at Riverton Babe Ruth Field was one of those which went horribly wrong right from the beginning.
If you were the Yankees, that is.
For the Braves, it was quite the opposite, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning on their way to a 20-3 victory shortened due to the mercy rule.
Vincent Brown took the mound for the Braves to open the game and struck out leadoff man Isaac Strauna, then ran into trouble by walking the following two Yankees to come to the plate in Ethen Vaughn and Derick Lange before coming back to strike out clean-up man Jeremiah Garcia.
With the runners having moved up to second and third on a wild pitch, Caleb Crowley strode to the dish with a two-out RBI chance.
However, after running the count full, Brown reached back to fan Crowley and escape the inning unscathed.
In the bottom of the inning was when the Braves began their march around the bases, executing an offensive assault with military precision and launching the game's opening salvo in the process.
After Yankees starter Riley Goff retired Konnor Gaston on a grounder to short, Tyler McKiernan walked, followed by a Kadon DeWitt single, which chased McKiernan home for a 1-0 lead.
A pair of free passes to Brown and Tryston Truempler brought third baseman Ricky Hoffman to the plate with runners on the corners and Hoffman came through, booming a double to the right-center field alley, driving in a run to make it 2-0.
Braeden Cash drove home another run with an RBI single, then Lordae Heidenreich plated yet one more with a groundout and when the smoke cleared, it was 6-0.
In the top of the second, Brown continued his strikeout-or-walk act from the opening frame, issuing four bases-on-balls, but also fanning a pair, as the Yankees pulled a trio of markers back to make it a 6-3 game.
But, that was as close as it would get the rest of the way, as the Braves would add another six runs in their half of the second before tacking on an additional eight in the third, making the score 20-3.
DeWitt followed Brown's two innings of work with a pair of scoreless stanzas to close the book on the Bombers.
Hoffman was 3-for-3, while Cash, DeWitt and Brown each had a pair of hits for the Braves.
Yankees 0 3 0 0 x x x -- 3
Braves 6 6 8 x x x x -- 20
Yankees - Strauna, 0-2; Vaughn, 1-1, 2B; Lange, 0-1; Garcia, 0-2; Crowley, 1-2; Topaum, 0-2; Goff, 1-1; Graham, 0-2; Lucas, 0-2; Hanger, 0-1.
Braves - Gaston, 0-2; McKiernan, 0-1, 2 BB; DeWitt, 2-4; Brown, 2-2, 2B, 2 BB; Truempler, 1-2, 2 BB; Hoffman, 3-3, 2B; Cash, 2-2, BB; Moore, 1-1, 2 BB; Heidenreich, 0-2, BB; LeClair, 1-1, 2 BB.
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