THE Churchill Braves defeated the Sale Rangers 12-7 during round five of Latrobe Valley baseball on Sunday.
The Rangers opened their account in the first inning, with the first three batters of the game picking up walks.
The Braves battled back hard in their second inning, picking up five runs through 11 batters.
Clawing their way back, the Rangers leveled the score on an error-filled inning by the Braves.
The chance for a close one was then blown apart thanks largely to flurry of Braves shots up the middle.
Richard Humphries was on fire as he collected three stolen bases.
Gary Larkin picked up three safe hits for the Braves, Mitchell John threw the game and picked up two hits along with Humphries, Andrew Curry, Dylan Eldridge and Cam Cooen.
Brodie Bromley was Sale's only shining light, pitching well for his two inning on the hill and picking up two RBIs off his one safe hit for the day.
In the other A grade match, Moe-Newborough narrowly defeated South Gippsland in a nail-biter, 12-11.
Sale's B grade team was unable to defeat Churchill, losing 8-3 after the Braves picked up five runs in the fourth inning, while Churchill dominated in C grade, defeating the Rangers 19-2.
In the under 16s, Sale had a strong 11-1 win.