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Briarwood moves on in playoffs

The Briarwood Buccaneers hit their way into the GISA AA state baseball finals, outscoring their opponents 46-9 in the first two rounds of the state playoffs.

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Briarwood's Donnie DeMore slides safely into third base.

The Bucs will face the winner of the Brookwood Academy/Bulloch Academy game in the semi-finals, a best-of-three series, Monday, May 3.

To reach the semi-finals, the Bucs squeezed out a tight 2-1 win over Memorial Day School of Savannah in the first game of the second round Tuesday at Briarwood. The Bucs held Memorial Day to only one run in the second game while scoring 17.

After a shaky beginning in both games, the Bucs had little trouble with Randolph Southern Academy, downing the Shellman-nine 9-2 in the first game and 18-5 in five innings in the second during the best of three series last Thursday at Briarwood.

Randolph drew first blood, scoring one in the top of the first on a throwing error for the Bucs, but they bounced back, scoring three in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead and shake up the young Randolph Southern team.

"They were a very well-coached, solid ball club, but they were very young," Coach Charlie May said of Randolph Southern.

Donnie DeMore shut Randolph out in the top of the seventh to capture his sixth win of the season. He registered eight strikeouts and gave up only three hits. He was also the leading hitter for the Bucs, going 3-4 with a homer, a double and three RBI.

The Bucs scored their nine runs on 14 hits and no errors. Randolph Southern scored their two runs on three hits and two errors.

In the second game, the Bucs again got off to a slow start. Sophomore Dustin Pilgrim's double scored two runs to tie the game up at 3-3 in the top of the third, and after an offensive flurry, the Bucs were up 7-4 in the top of the fourth.

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Andrew Brown lays down a bunt.

It was the top of the fifth that sealed Randolph Southern's fate as the Bucs scored 10 runs off 10 hits. Andrew Brown mowed down the final batters 1-2-3, and the Bucs took the 19-5 win by the mercy rule.

Brown, now 4-1 for the season from the mound, was the Bucs' leading hitter, going 4-5with two RBI. Jason Holley was three-for-four with six RBI and a triple. Bob Wills scored three of the Bucs' 18 runs.

The Bucs scored their 18 runs on 18 hits and two errors. Randolph Southern scored their five runs on seven hits and no errors.



Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2004


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