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Briarwood pounded 19-5 by Eagles

Sometimes a plan simply doesn't go the way it was supposed to go.

Such could be said about how things went for Briarwood Academy when they played host to David Emanuel Academy on Monday. The game was won by the Eagles 19-5.

The victory created a three-way tie for first in the Georgia Independent Schools Association Region 1-A. The teams tied with the Eagles were Briarwood Academy and Thomas Jefferson Academy. The tie was broken when Briarwood Academy played host to Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday. Coverage of that game will be included in next week's edition of The McDuffie Mirror .

Briarwood Academy coach Kevin Cowart had hoped for better things from his Bucs, who came into contest against David Emanuel on Monday atop the region standings with a 2-1 record -- the same as Thomas Jefferson. The loss dropped the Bucs' overall record to 3-3.

The Eagles collected 22 hits in the game against the Bucs.

Just a week ago, the same two teams met in Stillmore with Briarwood prevailing 10-7.

Monday's game was a different story, even though the Bucs led 5-4 after three innings.

Briarwood starting pitcher Adam Hardy, a senior right-hander, tried to stop the Eagles but couldn't. So did three other pitchers: sophomores Dalton Reese and Will Souther, and junior Blake Sowell. Those three weren't able to prevent the Eagles from hitting either.

Hardy was replaced by Reese in the top of the fourth inning when Briarwood held its only lead of the game, 5-4. After Hardy walked leadoff hitter Jacob Wheeler, Cowart apparently thought it was time to call on the services of Reese.

The Eagles scored their first two runs of the game in the top half of the first inning.

The Bucs came back with their first run in the bottom half of the inning. Sowell, who began the game playing third base, drilled a triple into the right center field gap to get things started. Sophomore left fielder Spencer Hadden followed by grounding out. The play allowed Sowell to race home, making it a 2-1 game.

David Emanuel tallied two more runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead.

But the Bucs weren't finished. They erupted for four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to establish their only lead of the game. Unfortunately for them, it was the last runs they would score.

The four runs came after Sowell popped out to first base and Hadden struck out.

Reese followed by hitting a sharp single down the left field line. The left fielder misplayed the ball, allowing Reese to go to second base. Freshman catcher Colt Phelps later reached on a miscue by the shortstop, which allowed Reese to score. Phelps soon scored, too, when senior center fielder Matthew McElveen smashed a RBI double into center field.

The two-out rally stayed alive when senior first baseman Eric Johnson drove home McElveen with a single into left field. Johnson scored when Hardy drove him on a single to right field.

The only other hit of the big inning was delivered by Matt McHatton, a junior designated hitter.

From that point on, the Bucs were limited to just one more hit. The single came off the bat of Sowell in the bottom of the sixth inning.

David Emanuel starter Chris Shepperd was the winning pitcher. He worked off the hill until the fourth inning when he was relived by Seth Durden.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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