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Briarwood bows out in state baseball playoffs

The Bucs' bats, which carried the day in two first round wins for the Briarwood Academy Diamond Bucs, were silent in the second round as the Bucs were knocked out of the GISA AA state playoffs Monday by Fullington Academy in Pinehurst.

The Bucs were knocked out of the race for the state championship by a 0-11 loss in the first game of the second round and 0-7 loss in the second round in the best two-of-three series.

"They're (Fullington) the number one team in the state, and they're definitely one of the best teams we've played this year," Coach Kenny Haney said. "They had very good pitching, and they played well defensively. They made every single play. They didn't make any errors.

"We just didn't play very well. We didn't make it tough on them. We didn't put up much of a fight," Coach Haney said.

The Bucs ended the 2006 season with a 13-8 overall record for the year and by losing two of the team's top pitchers and the team's only seniors, Dustin Pilgrim and Blake Stitcher.

"I'm really going to miss them," Coach Haney said. "They're two excellent, excellent young men and two very talented baseball players."

Coach Haney, who coached the Bucs for the first time this season, is looking forward to an even better season next year.

"We're building our program, and I think we're going to be even more competitive next year," he said. "We should be stronger and have more depth."

The Bucs' bats carried the day as the team took double wins, 10-3 and 6-5, over Flint River Academy in the first round of the state playoffs last week in Woodbury.

Junior Seth Williford, batting .516, led the Bucs at the plate, going 7-for-9 in the first round with six singles and a double.

The Bucs' other two batters hitting .500 didn't have much of an opportunity to hit. Junior Jacob Gay, who was 3-for-4 at the plate, walked six times, while junior Joseph Batrous, who slammed a homeroom in his first at-bat, was 4-for-6 at the plate with five intentional walks and five RBIs.

Although sophomore Ethan DeMore, batting .345, was only 3-for-6 at the plate, he also walked twice and got hit once, putting him on base every time he went to bat. DeMore was credited with three RBIs.

Pilgrim at .433, Spivey at .354, and Russell at .333 also swung strong bats for the Bucs.

Web posted on Thursday, May 4, 2006

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