The Briarwood Academy Diamond Buccaneers are currently in second place in the GISA Region 1-A standings and hoping to move into first place with only two games left in region competition before the playoffs begin.
The Diamond Bucs will end the regular season tied for first place if they win their remaining two region contests. The Bucs were scheduled to travel to Stillmore Tuesday to face David Emanuel Academy, the only undefeated team in region 1-A play. They will host John Hancock Academy of Sparta next Tuesday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m.
In their only game this week, the Bucs will travel to Siloam on Thursday for a non-region contest with Nathanael Greene Academy. Game time is 5 p.m.
Two region wins would put the Bucs into a playoff with DEA for the number one finish in Region 1A. With a 1-1 finish in the final two games, the Bucs will end up tied with Thomas Jefferson for second place and will have to have a playoff for second place in the region and the second place seed in the first round of state playoffs. The first and second place finishers in each region host the first round of state playoffs, while the third and fourth place finishers in region play have to travel.
Coach Kevin Cowart feels good about the Bucs' chances of finishing in first or second place in Region 1A, which would earn the Bucs the right to host the first round of state play.
"Everybody's healthy, and we're starting to hit the ball better," Coach Cowart said. "Overall, our outlook is good. If we continue to play well, we have a good chance to take first in our region."
Currently, 2-2 in region play, the Bucs suffered a 5-1 loss to DEA earlier in the season and then came back from that loss to defeat John Hancock Academy, 11-7, in Sparta. The Bucs split games in a doubleheader with Thomas Jefferson Academy in Louisville, winning the first game 3-2 and losing in the second 8-2.
The Bucs lost a 13-3 decision to AA Brentwood School last Thursday in the Bucs' sole game of the week.
"Going without a game for a week (spring holidays) and a half hurt us," Coach Cowart said. "Not being able to practice due to the rain hurt our fielding. We made some defensive errors that really hurt us, but as far as the offensive went, we did fairly well."
The Bucs scored two runs in the first. Spencer Hadden walked to reach first and then advanced to second on Jonathan Gay's single. Hadden scored the Bucs' first run when Adam Hardy reached first on an error. Eric Johnson singled to score Gay for the Bucs' second run of the game.
In the second inning, Jarrett Keen singled and moved to second on a walk earned by Will Souther. Cane Gilmer singled to load the bases. Gay singled to score Keen.
Keen led the Bucs at the plate, hitting 2-for-3. He was followed by Ryan Gerlach, hitting 2-for-4.