From staff reports
The Burke Braves Jr. American Legion baseball team split their first two home games at Shuey Field against the Caldwell County competition, winning the opener 7-6 against Hibriten on Wednesday before losing 16-0 to South. Caldwell Friday.
In the first round trip of the season, Burke (1-1) never dragged past the second set, but needed late heroism to secure the victory.
After Hibriten each scored at the top of the sixth and seventh to tie the score at 6, Burke’s Jeff Stringfield doubled up and Colin Eckard shot a single to take the lead from the bottom of the seventh. Will Weidner’s sacrifice fly to central field, then bring Stringfield to victory.
Eckard started on the mound and pitched six innings, allowing five hits, two walks and four earned runs and eight strikeouts before Dalton Teague (IP, 2H, ER, 3K) made the decision in relief.
At home plate, Burke was led by Stringfield (two doubles, two runs, SB), Teague (two doubles, run, three RBI, SB), Eckard (2 for 2, two goals, three runs, three SB) and Weidner ( single, race, two RBI, SB). Ethan Kenner added two hits, Logan Brown doubled up, Blaine Carswell single and walked and Luke Bumgarner single in the win.
On Friday, Burke got one hit each from Bumgarner, Kenner, Eckard and Teague, while Weidner, Bumgarner and Teague took turns on the mound.