The Diamond Bucs opened the 2005 season last week with a 7-1 win over Augusta Prep and then followed that up by beating Westminster School in Augusta 15-2 over the weekend.
Briarwood sophomore second baseman Seth Williford holds up his glove for the umpire after tagging out an Augusta Prep runner.
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Although low in numbers with only 14 players on the team, this year's squad has the potential to be a serious contender, according to Coach Charlie May.
"If our guys remain focused and healthy, there is no doubt in my mind that we can win region," Coach May said. "We're as good as we can be except for injuries; that's the main thing that could cause us some problems down the road."
Currently, sophomore catcher David Russell and junior pitcher Dustin Pilgrim are out of the line-up with elbow problems, but will, hopefully, be back shortly, Coach May said, attributing the injuries to a "lack of time to get them physically prepared to play."
"We played some good ball games, solid ball," Coach May said of the season openers. "They were good opportunities for us to get some games under our belt before region (competition) begins."
Coach May said Junior Blake Stitcher pitched "an outstanding ball game," registering 10 strikeouts, against Augusta Prep in the season opener last week at Briarwood.
Senior Jason Holley led at bat, driving in five runs with a homerun and a double.
The team traveled to Augusta on Friday and Saturday to participate in Westminster School's tournament along with Brentwood School of Sandersville and the CSRA (home school) Crusaders.
"Everyone got some playing experience" in the Bucs 15-2 win over Westminster.
Sophomore Joseph Batrous had "a great day," going three-for-four at the plate and hitting his first homerun.
Sophomore Charlie Hall made "outstanding catches in right field," according to Coach May.
"He made a spectacular catch," Coach May said. "He was running wide open and dove and caught the ball."
The Bucs were scheduled to host John Hancock Academy of Sparta on Tuesday before beginning their Region 1AA schedule by hosting Brentwood School of Sandersville at 4 p.m. on Thursday. They are scheduled to travel to Monticello on Friday for a Region 1AA game against Piedmont Academy at 4 p.m. The Bucs will open next week by hosting Edmund Burke Academy at 4 p.m. on Monday and Monroe Academy at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Both games are region games.