The Briarwood Academy Lady Buccaneers won a pair of Region 1-A softball games last week and now control their own destiny.
"Right now, we're playing pretty good," Briarwood Academy head coach Hannah DeMore said in an interview last Friday. "I just hope we continue to play good and win games here on out."
In last week's games, the Lady Buccaneers defeated the Curtis Baptist School Lady Crusaders of Augusta 10-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 7. They also defeated the visiting Thomas Jefferson Academy Lady Jaguars of Louisville 10-4 last Thursday, Sept. 9.
The big victory over Thomas Jefferson at home last week marked the first time in two years that the Lady Buccaneers have defeated the Lady Jaguars in softball during regular season. Last year, Briarwood Academy lost both regular season games to Thomas Jefferson Academy, but defeated them in the quarter-finals of the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) Class A state softball playoffs in Milledgeville.
"It was a great win," coach DeMore said. "We hit the ball really well."
Against Thomas Jefferson, Briarwood banged out a total of 13 hits. Ten of those hits were singles.
Senior third baseman Maria Celeste Johnson led the offensive attack. She went 3-for-4 with a triple, a RBI and scored a pair of runs.
Johnson also made several fine defensive plays, while anchoring the corner. One of the plays she made at third base was a catch of a line-drive that was hit her way during the top of the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lady Buccaneers exploded for eight runs, while sending 12 batters to the plate.
Kylie Guy, who is just in the eighth grade, also had an exceptional day at the plate. She went 3-for-3, drove in a run and scored twice. MacKenzie Simpkins, a freshman, went 2-for-2, drove in a run and scored two runs. Copeland Price, the team's freshman shortstop, went 2-for-4 and drove in a run, while freshman catcher Nicole Jones went 3-for-4.
Junior pitcher Maegan Bentley made her debut as the starting pitcher for the Briarwood Academy Lady Buccaneers. She struck out one batter, walked six, hit two batters and gave up four hits. Bentley recently transferred after being at Thomson High School, where she had played on the varsity team.
"She was a little nervous, but she did all right," coach DeMore said. "We're very glad to have her on our team."
The win against Thomas Jefferson gave the Lady Buccaneers an overall record of 5-5 and improved their region record to 2-0 on the season.
On Monday, Briarwood was scheduled to have played Piedmont Academy; Nat Greene Academy on Tuesday; and Brentwood Academy today at 4 p.m. All three games were scheduled to be played at Briarwood's new softball field.
Results of those games will be included next week.