Braves bow out of playoffs
Photo by Sean Allen, Brant News
Brantford Braves player Tanner Guindon awaits a throw to first against the Hamilton Cardinals on Thursday.
The Brantford Braves may have bowed out of the Junior Inter-County Baseball League playoffs, but the under-21 baseball team is still focused on some major goals.
Field manager Shawn Boyle said if the team gets the same results from its players this weekend, it could do some damage at the provincial championships.
"That's the goal now, is to go there and play well," Boyle said. "If we get the same pitching and offence we did (against Hamilton), we'll do okay."
The Braves lost in heartbreaking fashion on Monday night, dropping the decisive Game 3 in a first-round playoff series against the Hamilton Cardinals 8-7 in the ninth inning.
After initially trailing 4-0, the Braves battled back for a 7-5 lead late in the game.
But the Cardinals rallied in the ninth to take back the lead.
"We came all the way back from behind and had all the momentum going into that inning," Boyle said. "I didn't think we'd have any issues."
With one more chance at another comeback in the ninth, the Braves couldn't mount any offence.
"They put their closer in and we have a tough time with him," Boyle said. "It was too tough to come back for a second time."
The Braves will now turn their focus to the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination Tournament, which begins on Friday in Burlington.
The tournament features the 19 best under-21 teams in Ontario vying to be the last one standing after three days of baseball.
The Braves will begin the tournament on Friday at 2 p.m. against the North York Blues. Teams are eliminated from the tournament when they lose twice.