Braves bounce back in road wins

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Bartlesville United Linen Braves head coach Kyle Ppool, seated, focuses on the action while some of his players also look on during an early season American Legion AAA (17-and-under) baseball game at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium. Tonight’s scheduled home doubleheader against Muskogee has been cancelled by Muskogee, Ppool said Monday evening. But, the Braves get to finish their season in style by competing in the Glen Winget Memorial July Fourth Tournament. The event is set to get under way a week from Thursday. Becky Burch/ Examiner-Enterprise

Admittedly, it seems like a long, long time since the Bartlesville United Linen Braves had just posted their seventh-straight win and were sitting at 7-2 for the American Legion baseball season.

A combination of missing personnel and the inevitable lulls that teams experience resulted in a rocky road since that milestone June 8.

The Braves went 3-8 in their next 11 games to see their record evened at 10-10.

But, starting last Saturday,they’re back on a winning roll.

A doubleheader rout Monday of host Sapulpa, 19-2 and 20-1, pushed the Braves’ current winning streak to 13-10.

Barring a rescheduled game next Monday against Muskogee (who cancelled out of tonight’s scheduled meeting), the Braves’ next action will be the 54th Annual Glen Winget Memorial Tournament (July 4-7), at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium.

Whenever the play again, the Braves will bring a renewed swagger to the diamond.

In last Saturday’s 13-5 defeat of Jay, Braves’ catcher Jackson Henderson clobbered a two-run triple, while Bo McSpadden contributed two singles and two runs.

Eight Braves’ batters scored in the game, while Jordan Smith hurled the pitching victory.

In one of the Braves’ triumphs Monday, Grady Lemmons came back from a week off (for camp) to hammer three hits, score three times and drive in three runs.

Chandler Holliman and Colton Penrod each pitched a game Monday.

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