Friday, their schedule took another downward turn as they dropped a 7-2 game to the East High Leopards to fall to 6-4 overall on the season.
The loss marks the team’s fourth in the last six games after they had won their initial four games to open up the season.
East got on the board early and quickly as they jumped out to a four-run lead thanks to their first inning efforts.
Brad Biddulph, one of the Leopards’ threats at the plate, helped East High score one of the four runs in the first inning as they looked to take control of the game early.
East continued to apply the pressure on Braves’ starter Tommy Lalli, as they pushed across three more runs in the top half of the fourth inning to take a 7-0 lead.
On the mound, the Leopards’ Nate Lords was keeping the potent Braves’ bats off the bases often, shutting them down in the first three innings before allowing a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.
In the fourth, Taylor Byington was one of the cogs on offense that helped the Braves get a couple of runs across, as Bountiful cut the lead to 7-2.
Byington’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Braves, who scratched together only three more hits in the entire game.
With the help of the defense, Lords was able to go five innings while allowing just the two runs in the Braves’ half of the fourth inning.
East had out done the Braves in every facet Friday afternoon, collecting seven hits (to the Braves four) while shutting down the Braves in every inning except the fourth.
The Braves had a clean game on the field, however, committing no errors compared to the Leopards’ one.
Bountiful has now alternated wins and losses in their last four games, blowing out the Olympus Titans last Tuesday after the 5-1 loss to the Wildcats the week before.
The team’s game against Tooele Monday was called off due to inclement weather, and no make up date has yet been announced by the team.
They’ll face the Highland Rams on the road Thursday as a final preparation for the second rivalry game with Woods Cross next Tuesday at home.
The Leopards have now won four of their last five games after losing to West High School back on March 26.
They don’t have another game scheduled until Tuesday, April 26 against the Woods Cross Wildcats on the road.
East is in second place behind the Wildcats in the Region 6 race, with roughly half the games remaining on their region schedule.