The Briarwood Diamond Buccaneers will come back from spring holidays on Monday, for a must-win game with Brentwood School at 4:30 p.m. in Sandersville.
Although currently in third place in the GISA Region 1AA, the Bucs are at the top of their game, and their prospects look good for winning the region title, according to Coach Kenny Haney.
"We're playing baseball the way I want us to play baseball - good pitching and good defense," Coach Haney said. "We've had some really well pitched baseball games."
The Bucs, now 6-2 in region play, must beat both Brentwood and Piedmont (Monday, April 17 at Briarwood) while Piedmont beats Brentwood in order for the Bucs to win the region title and the number one seed in the first round of baseball playoffs, which are scheduled for April 21 and 22.
Brentwood defeated the Bucs 6-5 earlier in the season at Briarwood in a game that was marred by a controversial call. The Bucs couldn't regain their lost momentum and lost 9-1 to Piedmont the following day in Monticello.
Brentwood beat Piedmont 6-1 in play last week in Sandersville.
The Bucs played excellent ball in last week's 10-8 loss to AAA Augusta Christian School in Augusta.
"That was by far the best baseball team we've played all year," Coach Haney said of Augusta Christian. "They didn't have an out in their line-up. They swung the bat better than anybody."
In fact, the Bucs got beat by five homeruns by AC with one player hitting three of them.
Augusta Christian scored four runs on two homeruns in the first inning to take an early 4-0 lead on the Bucs.
The Bucs came back in the second inning to score two. Jacob Gay singled; John Spivey walked; Blake Stitcher walked. Will Quinn came to the plate and put down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Gay. Stitcher scored the second run on Seth Williford's base hit to right centerfield.
AC added another run in the bottom of the second to up their lead to 5-2.
Spivey started the Bucs on a three-run scoring spree in the top of the fourth when he singled. Stitcher followed with a walk, and Quinn singled to load the bases. Spivey was thrown out at home on a ground out. Joseph Batrous stepped to the plate and homered, bringing in Stitcher and Quinn.
With the game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth, AC recaptured the lead 7-5 on back-to-back homers. The Lions scored two more in the bottom of the fifth to go up 9-5, and another homer in the bottom of the sixth gave them a 10-5 lead.
The Bucs came alive in the bottom of the seventh to score three more runs. Ryan Gerlach singled; Batrous singled. Gay doubled and scored both before scoring himself on a passed ball.
The Bucs will play host to the home-schooled CSRA Crusaders at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.