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Diamond Bucs' season ends against Tiftarea Academy

After eight straight region wins, the Briarwood Diamond Buccaneers ended the 2007 season with two losses to Tiftarea Academy in the first round of GISA AA state playoffs last week at Briarwood.

"Our season was a success," said Coach Bo Fleming. "After a shaky start, we won seven straight region games and finished second in our region."

The Diamond Bucs finished 7-of-9 in GISA Region 1AA play and 11-6 overall.

"We had a great group of seniors who played really well, and although we have some big shoes to fill next year, we have a really good group of underclassmen."

Seniors who finished their baseball career for the Bucs include: pitcher and shortstop Joseph Batrous, pitcher and third baseman Seth Williford, catcher David Russell, left fielder Charlie Hall, center fielder Jacob Gay, right fielder Chris Gerlach.

The Bucs' seven straight region wins earned them second place in the region standings and the right to host the first round of state playoffs, which were held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Briarwood.

In the best two-of-three series, the Bucs came out strong in the first game for a 3-1 win.

In the first game, which was played at 1 p.m. last Tueday, Batrous pitched an outstanding game, striking out a season high 13 batters while giving up only four hits and one run.

The Bucs scored their first two runs early. In the bottom of the first, Williford led off for the Bucs with a single. With one out, Batrous walked and Williford advanced to second. Russell singled to left field to the load the bases. Sophomore Cane Gilmer singled up the middle, scoring Williford and Batrous for a 2-0 lead.

The Bucs scored again in the bottom of the second. Gerlach walked to first and stole second. With two outs, Batrous' single scored Gerlach.

Batrous, who was the winning pitcher, also led the Bucs at the plate, going two-for-three with a double, one RBI and one run scored. Gilmer was 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.

The second game, which was unquestionably the team's worst outing of the season, was played Tuesday afternoon after a 30-minute break after the first game of the series.

"We made a lot of errors in the field and never could get any offense going," Coach Fleming said. "There's not much you can say about a game where you fall behind 12-0 after two innings and the game is called after four innings on the 15-run rule."

Seth Williford was the losing pitcher in the third game, which ended with a final score of 12-6 Batrous relieved Williford and pitched the fourth inning.



Web posted on Thursday, May 03, 2007













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