COVINGTON - It was a beautiful day at City Pond Park for Little Leaguers to show off their talents on the diamond Saturday.
It was even more beautiful for Major League Braves head coach Darryl Tanner, who saw his team knock off the Reds, 10-4, with a superb pitching performance by Ty Ranor.
Ranor recorded 10 strikeouts while giving up just three walks and four runs in five innings of action.
In addition, he received a lot of support from the defense, which ultimately kept the Reds out of contention throughout the entire game.
The Braves' offense contributed fiercely, amassing 11 hits with all of them coming from the top of the batting order to the bottom rung.
"We won this one because of the strong pitching performance we got from Ty," Tanner said. "We were very aggressive at the plate, and took advantage of scoring opportunities when we got them."
Neither team could score until the second inning, after the Braves took a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Despite the Reds picking up two runs in the third, the Braves answered with two of their own after Robert Gahwiler hit a two-run homer to dead center field for his second roundtripper of the year.
"I feel pretty good about my performance today," Gahwiler said, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. "I could have done better in the field, but we won."
Meanwhile, Ranor struck out the last three batters he faced in a game where his control was impeccable, which kept the Reds off-balance and guessing all day long.
Overall, the Braves amassed 11 hits while playing flawless defense.
In comparison, the Reds had five hits and two errors.
"I feel good about my performance today," Ranor said. "My catcher (Gahwiler) was the key to my performance."