Despite a solid effort from starter Pat Halota, who allowed just four hits in five innings of work, the Braves' baseball team is still searching for its first win after dropping a 4-0 game to the visiting Golden Knights of West Chester Rustin.Rustin made good on what little hitting it got, pushing across four runs on just five hits, but the visitors also took advantage of six walks, along with a handful of Braves errors in plating a run in the second, another in the fifth, and a pair of scores in the seventh.
The Braves had opportunities, but couldn't convert those chances into numbers on the scoreboard. In the fourth, trailing by just a run at 1-0, Trevor Bolger got things going with a single, and moved up to second on a passed ball. Todd Burkhart came through with a single of his own, dropping in a blooper in short right to put Braves on first and second.
Up next came Eric Taylor, and the Braves' second sacker lifted a sinking fly ball to center that dropped in among three Rustin fielders. Bolger, frozen at second with the possibility of the ball being caught on the fly, was forced out at third by a strong throw from the Knights' center fielder. The Rustin pitcher worked out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending double-play to third.
Jon Reilly opened the Braves' half of the seventh with a single, but was forced out at second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Ford Smith. With Smith on first, Nathan Delestienne ripped a ball to the fence in deep left. Smith was sent home on the play, but was gunned down at the plate.
Five different Braves collected base hits in the game, led by Bolger, who was 1-for-1 with a single, a walk, and a sacrifice. Along with singles from Reilly and Taylor, and Delestienne's three-bagger, Nate Ramsden notched a base hit, a single in the sixth.
Steven Gallagher, who had a gem with a leaping catch of a liner at short, came on in relief of Halota, and was charged with two runs despite allowing just one hit and no walks in two innings of work.