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Lady Bucs beat Patriots on sacrifice fly

First baseman Taylor Echols drove in what turned out to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth that scored teammate Gerry Hall and gave the Briarwood Academy Lady Buccaneers a 4-3 win over Nathanael Greene last Tuesday.

And then this past weekend, the Lady Bucs played host to Georgia Christian in a double-header and won both games -- the second in impressive fashion, 10-2.

"I was very pleased with the way we hit the ball," Briarwood head coach Hannah Demore said. "We had a few mistakes, but you can't play a game without mistakes, sometimes. Gerry Hall pitched very well. She started off slow, but regained her composure against Nathanael Greene."

In the game earlier last week against Nathanael Greene's Lady Patriots, the Lady Bucs tallied a couple of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Third baseman Maria-Celeste Johnson drew a walk to start things. Johnson later showed her speed on the base path and stole both second and third bases.

Senior pitcher Gerry Hall later walked and stole second to place runners at second and third with only one out. Taylor Echols followed by striking out like fellow teammate Emily Henderson did earlier.

Johnson eventually scored on a pass ball, while Hall aided her own cause scoring on an error. The inning stayed alive when second baseman Savannah Carani walked and shortstop Kris Dawson was hit by a pitch. Catcher Erin Phelps, who played a fine defensive game, later walked to load the bases. The threat ended when right fielder Rachel Coxwell fouled out to the Nat Greene first baseman.

After experiencing some early control problems, Hall settled down to get the Lady Patriots in order in both the third and fourth innings. She also recorded her only two strikeouts of the game during those innings.

During the next three innings, Briarwood got three more hits -- all extra base hits, but weren't able to take advantage and add to their lead. Johnson doubled to left center in the second, while in the third inning Echols drilled a triple into deep left field. The third hit was a triple off the bat of Coxwell into the right field corner.

Nathanael Greene made it a 2-1 game with their first run in the top of the fifth. The Lady Bucs responded with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth that turned out to be the difference in the outcome.

Henderson, who played left field for the Lady Bucs, smashed a double into the left center field gap and later scored on an RBI double by Hall, again aiding her own cause on the mound. Hall eventually scored on Taylor's sacrifice RBI fly.

Nathanael Greene came right back in the top of the sixth and scored two more runs, but that was as close as they got, even though they threatened in the last inning. After their leadoff batter reached on a single and stole second and third bases, she later was caught in a run down between third and home. Twice, the ball was thrown back and forth between Briarwood's Johnson and Phelps before the catcher put the tag on her for the second out. Hall got the other two batters she faced during the seventh on ground outs.

Web posted on Thursday, September 03, 2009

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