The Briarwood Academy baseball team won its first region game of the season last week, trouncing Nathanael Greene Academy 11-0 behind a complete game shutout from senior Andrew Brown.
The Bucs didn't fair too well in their game Monday, however, falling to Piedmont Academy 9-4. Head Coach Charlie May said that the poor showing against Piedmont isn't devastating because it's a non-region game. Overall, he thought the beginning of the season has gone well.
Briarwood's T.J. Mimbs fouls off a pitch during Tuesday's rain-delayed game against Curtis Baptist.
Jason B. Smith
"I'm real pleased so far," he said. "The Nat Greene game was very important for us because it was a region game. They're not in our sub-region, but it still counts towards our overall points and the playoff system they've set up this year. That one was extremely important for us. The game against Piedmont was a non-region game, but it was against a very good team. It was very good for us to play those guys."
The Bucs managed only four hits against Piedmont, while committing five errors. Coach May said that starting pitcher Jason Holley made some mental mistakes while on the mound, but that not a lot could be done with the lackluster effort made by the rest of the team defensively.
"The defense didn't do a good job behind him, but he did make some pitches when he was ahead in the count that really hurt him. You just can't do that. Overall, though, I think he did a good job considering the defense didn't do a good job behind him," he said.
The Bucs had two instances where they had the bases loaded, but they couldn't come up with the big hit.
"When we've got runners on base, we've got to put the ball in play," said Coach May.
The game against Nat Greene was a completely different story from the Piedmont debacle. Both Brown and shortstop Bob Wills went two for four, scoring two runs and knocking in two RBIs. As a team, the Bucs had 13 hits.
"We played real well against Nat Greene. We hit the ball real well, and Andrew Brown pitched really well on the mound. That was very important for us to make a statement in the region," said Coach May.
Coming up, the Bucs have games against Thomas Jefferson, Gatewood, and Edmund Burke. Coach May's outlook regarding those upcoming games is simple.
"Let's take them one at a time," he said.