East Carolina Amateur Baseball League
Week 4: Orioles 7, Braves 7
Orioles' Rouse hits three-run homer, but Braves comeback ends in tie
Brock Rouse hit a three-run homer to help the Orioles to a 5-0 early lead, but the Braves chipped away at the lead every inning and managed a 7-7 tie when time ran out.
The Orioles ran out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning using a couple of hits, an error and Rouse's three-run homer off Braves' starting pitcher Doug Amerson. Amerson settled down to hold the Orioles scoreless over the next three innings.
The Braves came back with four runs over the next two innings to pull to within a run, 5-4. The Orioles added a run in the fourth inning, but Lawrence Davidson relieved Amerson and held the Orioles to one run over the next three innings.
The Braves, behind hits by Dylan Whitford and Sam Lee, rallied in the seventh inning to tie the score.
NOTES: After this game was over, the two teams played an experimental inning to allow young pitchers a chance to throw. The ECABL fall league rules only allow pitchers 27 and older to pitch. During the regular spring/summer season, players must be 30 and older to pitch. Rouse threw three outs, touching upwards of 90 mph with no hits. Brandon Bowden hurled two outs for the Braves giving up two hits and one run, throwing in mid-80s. Zack Cooke threw the last out and recorded a strikeout, hitting in upper-80s and maybe 90.