The Briarwood Academy Varsity Baseball team is in the middle of a dogfight for their sub-region crown after two big wins against rivals Brentwood and John Hancock last week.
The Bucs (8-3) beat both teams 5-4, thanks to big-time pitching performances from Jason Holley and Donny Demore.
"We had two great performances from those guys," said Head Coach Charlie May.
In the game against John Hancock, the Bucs dug themselves into a four-run hole early after a few defensive mistakes, but they scored three runs in the second inning thanks in large part to a Holley two-run homerun.
Trailing in the bottom of the seventh, the Bucs caught a break when Demore found himself on second base after being hit by a pitch and having a balk called on a John Hancock pitcher. He later scored on a botched pickoff play.
Freshman Seth Williford then hit an RBI single, driving home Andrew Brown, who had advanced to third when Demore scored the tying run.
"It was a dink to right field, but it was a bullet on paper," said Coach May of Williford's game-winning hit. "That was really huge by a freshman to step up and get a clutch hit for us in that situation."
In the game against Brentwood, the Bucs again found themselves in the hole, down 2-0 after struggling defensively. Starting Pitcher Jason Holley kept the Bucs close, however, and Briarwood jumped ahead 3-2 in the fifth after a three-run double by Bob Wills.
The Bucs scored another run before the War Eagles rallied in the seventh, tying the game at four. In the bottom of the seventh, T.J. Mimbs led off with a double before Joseph Batrous laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving him to third. Then Demore hit a deep fly to center field, and Mimbs tagged up and scored.
"That was a big step up by a senior who had been really struggling at the plate in the last couple of games," said Coach May of Mimbs' double.
Coach May said he thought his team came out on top in both games because they never gave up, played good defense and came up with some big hits.
"We got behind in both games, but we continued to battle. We showed some fortitude here. And we got good, solid defense. We didn't make the mental errors that we had been making on the base paths and other things like that," he said. "It's about just stepping up at the right time and saying, 'This is it.'"
The Bucs played their last region game Tuesday at John Hancock. Check out next week's issue of The Mirror for complete coverage.