The Bradwell Tigers fell, 13-2, in six innings to Richmond Hill on Tuesday in Hinesville.
The Tigers fell to 1-2 in the Region 3A-AAAA, while the Wildcats improved to 3-0 in the region standings. Overall, the Wildcats are 4-6, and the Tigers are 2-6.
Richmond Hill already was up, 2-0, with one out in the first inning when it loaded the bases. The Wildcats scored another run when Tiger pitcher Kyle Lannom’s throw went behind catcher Sage
Sammons. With two outs, the Wildcats’ Brian Eichhorn found a gap in center field for a two-run hit to give his team a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, BI’s Ryan Desbiens scored off a hit by Chris Bell. Darius Tilghman followed with an RBI hit that scored Lannom. But that would be the end of the Tigers’ scoring.
The Wildcats added a run in the third inning and two more in the fourth. But it was the top of the sixth inning that toppled the Tigers. Richmond Hill plowed in six more runs. The game ended shortly after due to the mercy rule.
“Our pitching was not great, but I was not dissatisfied with it,” Tiger baseball coach Rhett Hellgren said. “I thought our defense was a not up to par today. We had some miscues, and when you are struggling like we are right now with the bats … it is going to be very difficult to get wins with the bats and defensive errors.”
Tonight, the Tigers will be in Savannah to take on Jenkins High School. The game normally is at the forefront of the coach’s planning and strategy, but with a sluggish start Hellgren said right now he is not concerned with today’s opponent.
“I have to worry about BI right now and try to correct what we are doing,” he said. “We are not where I wanted us to be at this point, but we will continue to work and try to get better.”
In other baseball news, the Liberty Count High School Panthers fell, 20-3, in four innings on Wednesday to Glynn Academy at home.
Panther Jacari Roberts started on the mound and allowed one run in the first inning but struggled in the second inning as the Red Terrors took a 12-0 lead. Bailey Kitchings and Justin Dixon pitched in relief for Liberty.
Panther Vince Smith nailed a two-run triple, and Lamar Speight had an RBI hit for the other Panther run.
The Panthers will start Region 3A-AAAA action today hosting Statesboro at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils are 6-3 overall and hold a 2-0 series lead against the Panthers.
“We are playing in one of the toughest sub-regions around, and we will have to continue to improve in order to compete with teams like Wayne County, South Effingham and Statesboro,” Panther baseball coach Joel Moody said.