The Briarwood Academy Diamond Buccaneers remain undefeated in region play, but suffered their first loss to a non-region foe in baseball action last week.
"I'm very confident that if we threw our starters against them, we could beat them competitively," Coach Charlie May said of the Bucs 7-5 loss to John Milledge Academy last Saturday in Milledgeville. "We just decided to let them (the Buccaneer players) relax and have some fun. It was a good day for us to play a non-region foe and play on a good baseball field. We let everyone play."
Briarwood pitcher Blake Stitcher fires a pitch during the Bucs 10-2 win over Curtis Baptist Monday.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
Senior Jason Holley hit a two-run homer in the first inning while sophomore Joseph Batrous homered in the second. Freshman Ethan DeMore had a double. Senior Zack Henderson, who has seen limited time on the mound because of an injury, was the losing pitcher.
The Bucs defeated Gatewood School 5-3 for their fourth region win last Friday in Eatonton.
"Gatewood always plays us tough," Coach May said. "They have a pitcher who throws nothing but off-speed -- real slow and curve balls. I'd rather us face somebody pitching 90 mph. We can hit balls going 90 mph."
Holley was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts. Henderson hit a two-run homer in the first inning in the game, which the Bucs won on only six hits.
Henderson was the winning pitcher in the Bucs 10-2 region win over Curtis Baptist School of Augusta Monday at Briarwood.
Senior Kelsey Jones and junior Dustin Pilgrim led the Bucs at the plate. Jones had his best day of the season at the plate, going three-for-three with three RBI's. Two of Jones's three hits were doubles. Pilgrim was two-for-three at the plate with three RBI's. Pilgrim's two hits included his first homerun and a triple.
"It was out, but he was going wide open," Coach May said of Pilgrim's homer. "At third, I had to tell him to slow down and enjoy it."
The Bucs Tuesday, March 22, game against region foe Piedmont, which was cancelled because of rain, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 2.
The Bucs will be on the road for three big region games next week. They'll travel to Sandersville on Monday, March 28, to face Brentwood School, to Waynesboro on Tuesday to face Edmund Burke Academy, and to Augusta on Thursday to face Curtis Baptist School. All games begin at 4 p.m.