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Bucs end season against Tiftarea

Briarwood's baseball season ended on their home field Tuesday afternoon after the Bucs lost two games to Tiftarea Academy.

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Briarwood's Jason Holley slams a game-tying homerun during Saturday's state GISA playoff game against Memorial Day at Briarwood last week.

The Bucs took Tiftarea to extra innings in the first game before losing 13-11 in the 10th inning. Tiftarea won the second game 7-6.

"We had our chances," said Head Coach Steve Simpson. "Every time they made a mistake, we made a mistake."

The Bucs end their season with a 17-5 overall record, a region championship trophy and a first round playoff victory last week over Memorial Day School of Savannah.

But to beat Memorial Day, the Bucs had to overcome a 14-2 loss in the first game of the best-of-three series.

The Bucs came back to defeat Memorial Day 9-6 in the second game of the series and 13-3 in the third.

"We came out a little flat, and they came out swinging," Coach Steven Simpson said of the Bucs' loss in the first game of Memorial Day game. "It's just one of those things that happens. We had at least one runner on base each inning."

It appeared that the second game was going to be a repeat of the first, but the Bucs started hitting and were up 5-2 after 2 innings when the game was called because of rain and lightning.

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Zach Henderson pitches during Briarwood's 13-2 win in the third and final game of the series against Memorial Day.

Saturday morning senior Jason Holley resumed the mound and pitched for another inning before being replaced by senior Zack Henderson.

After that, the game was all Henderson, who pitched for 10 straight innings for both wins.

"He came in and threw a lot of breaking pitches and off speed, and it really kept them off balance," Coach Simpson said. "He did a great job."

Senior Kelsey Jones led at the plate, hitting two-for-two, and walking twice for three RBI's. Junior Dustin Pilgrim was two-for-three with two RBI's and two runs scored.

"After being pretty much man-handled in the first game, I was really proud of them for being able to bounce back and get a win," Coach Simpson said.

With the series tied at 1-1, Henderson took the mound again for the tiebreaker.

"After talking with Coach (Robert) Waller and Coach (Greg) Keck, we went with Henderson because he had kept them off balance for four innings, and they hadn't adjusted to him yet," Coach Simpson said.

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Briarwood teammates grasp the Region Championship trophy following last week's win over Brentwood.

Henderson kept Memorial Day "off-balance" for the entire game, and the Bucs hit the ball, leading to a 13-3 tiebreaker win to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

"The whole key to our success was Zack keeping them off balance, good defense, and being aggressive at the plate," Coach Simpson said.

Holley led at bat going two-for-two with a homerun that went over the right field fence and bounced off the hill on the track, two RBI's and three runs scored.

Henderson was two-for-four with two runs scored and two RBI's.

Every Buc got a hit or got on base in the game.

Junior Pilgrim and sophomore John Spivey played well in the series, according to Simpson, who noted that "both have been stepping up in key situations in the last few games.

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Briarwood's Jason Holley slides in safely to third during Saturday's action against Memorial Day.

The Bucs took the Region 1AA crown last Wednesday, shocking Brentwood School with a 6-2 victory in a playoff for the championship and the top seeding in the region, a seeding that carried with it the right to host all playoff teams as long as the 1AA champion -- Briarwood - remains in the playoffs.

Pilgrim homered, Holley tripled, and Spivey doubled to lead the Bucs at the plate.

Holley was the winning pitcher.



Web posted on Thursday, April 28, 2005











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