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Briarwood's Lady Bucs start season with three losses

Although it's just the beginning of the softball season at Briarwood Academy, the Lady Bucs already have their backs against the wall.

The team has lost their first three games going into a weekend tournament out of town.

In their first two games of the season, the Lady Bucs dropped games to Piedmont and Nathanial Greene in a tournament held at Gatewood Academy in Eatonton. Briarwood's third loss of the season came in a 5-1 setback at home to the Gatewood Academy Lady Gators Aug. 11.

"We just didn't hit the ball like we're capable of hitting the ball," lamented Briarwood Head Coach Hannah Demore.

"We practiced the day before and hit really well. I just don't know why we didn't hit against Gatewood. We've got to learn to hit the ball and become consistent at it."

The Lady Bucs mustered only five hits, the same as the Lady Gators. The only difference was that Gatewood was able to push across five runs. Briarwood aided them in their runs by committing three crucial errors.

All five of Gatewood's runs were scored in the first four innings. Briarwood's lone run, meanwhile, didn't come across the plate until the bottom of the fourth.

Briarwood senior pitcher Gerry Hill and first baseman Taylor Echols grounded out to start the fourth before second baseman Savannah Carani singled up the middle.

She eventually scored when shortstop Kristian Dawson lined a double down the right field line.

Prior to those two hits, the only other hit that Briarwood had gotten was off the bat of third baseman Maria Celeste Johnson, who made several fine defensive plays during the game. The other Briarwood hits came from catcher Erin Phelps and right fielder Rachel Coxwell.

Hall went the distance. She yielded five hits, struck out none and walked two batters.

Web posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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