The Briarwood Bucs begin post-season play on the diamond at home Friday.
And that's about the only thing the Bucs are sure of as their regular season comes to a close Tuesday afternoon.
Briarwood's Jason Holley turned in a dominating pitching performance last week against Gatewood.
The Bucs entered this week tied atop the region standings with Brentwood with a 10-1 record. Both teams won games Tuesday -- Brentwood beat Curtis Baptist School and Briarwood beat Edmund Burke in a resumed game that was tied 4-4 when it was called at the end of the sixth inning on March 29.
Those wins set up a championship game at Briarwood Wednesday, which was played after The Mirror's deadline. The region championship trophy was not the only thing hanging in the balance during Wednesday's playoff. The region champion also gains the right to play host to their playoff games and the state championship, if they make it that far, said Head Coach Steven Simpson -- who took over coaching duties from Charlie May last week.
The Diamond Bucs entered this week's games riding a five game region win streak, including a key 6-5 victory over Region 1AA's until-then number one team Brentwood School.
"We're swinging the bat well. We're making good contact going into the playoffs," Coach Simpson said. "We're on a roll."
Briarwood's win over Brentwood, avenged a 12-1 home loss to the Eagles earlier this season.
After a 12-1 loss to Brentwood earlier in the season at Briarwood, the Bucs shocked the Brentwood Eagles with a win attributed to outstanding pitching, fielding and hitting, according to Simpson, who was extremely pleased with the team's play.
Starting pitcher Jason Holley led the Bucs in the win -- cranking a homerun in the sixth inning that started the Bucs' comeback from a 5-1 deficit. He was also solid on the mound.
Jason Holley slides in safely to second.
"It was never a situation of (pitcher Jason Holley) being hit hard," said Coach Simpson. "I think they only had five hits the entire game."
The Bucs didn't need a comeback to beat Curtis Baptist Saturday, as the entire lineup got a hit and five pitchers took the mound in the 18-6 win.
"All of our starters hit the ball well. Our first six batters reached base," Coach Simpson said. "The whole team hit the ball well, including the inexperienced younger players, which was really good because it gives an idea of what they can do as we go into the playoffs."
Sophomore David Russell led at bat, going three-for-three with a triple, two singles, four RBI's and one run. Senior Kelsey Jones was two-for-three, scoring three runs and three RBI's. Junior Will Quinn was two-for-two with a double, a single and one run. Sophomore Charlie Hall and freshman Carl Chapman were both one-for-two with singles.
Holley again stepped up in the Bucs' 10-0 shutout of Gatewood last Thursday at Briarwood.
Junior Dustin Pilgrim led at the plate for the Bucs, going two-for-three with a double, a triple and one RBI. Holley was two-for-two with two RBI's.
The Bucs hope to continue their success during Friday's best two-of-three series at Briarwood, which probably begins at 1 p.m., followed by the second game at about 3:30 p.m. If there is a third game, it will be played Saturday.
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