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Bradwell stays in hunt
Tigers beat Warriors in key matchup
Bradwell Institutes Leonard Felton (7) celebrates a home run against Jenkins on March 22 in Hinesville. Felton hit a two-run shot against the Warriors on Tuesday to help the Tigers to a 9-4 win in a key Region 3-AAAAA contest. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

The Bradwell Institute baseball team grabbed a slight edge over Jenkins for second place in Region 3-AAAAA after beating the Warriors, 9-4, on Tuesday in Savannah.
“I thought we played like a team,” Tigers baseball coach Rhett Hellgren said. “When we play to our abilities, we are a pretty good team. We just have not done that very often this year. But we did (Tuesday). It was a total team effort. Everyone that played contributed on defense, hitting and pitching. It feels really good when you get all three working for you at one time.”
The score was tied, 3-3, in the fourth inning and remained that way until the top of the fifth, when BI began to pull away. Bradwell got a run in the fifth, two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh. 
Tiger Mitch Rogers got the win, and Jacob Dill earned the save. In all, Tigers pitchers allowed 11 hits, and the defense committed only two errors.
 “I think Mitch did a fantastic job starting and getting the win,” Hellgren said. “Jacob did really well in relief. But the point where I thought we were going to really win was when Leonard hit the two-run home run. That is when I thought we would finish on top.”
The Tigers pounded out 13 hits, and Jenkins committed four errors.
Chris Rafferty went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs to lead the BI offense. Eric Wells went 3 for 4 with a triple and an RBI, Dill had two hits and Felton added the two-run homer.
Hellgren said he credits the hard work of his players and the team’s assistant coaches for their role in the Tigers’ success.
“They are wonderful and they are the reason why we are doing so well,” he said about his coaching staff. “We could not have done this without any of them.  Pat Sammons has been tremendous for our pitchers, and I truly believe that is why we are doing so well. He knows when and how to pitch to batters and I cannot praise him enough.”
Bradwell is 15-7 overall and 13-2 in the region. According to, the Tigers have a winning percentage of .867. Jenkins is 16-6 overall record, 13-3 in 3-AAAAA and has an .813 winning percentage. Camden still is atop the region standings.
The Wildcats have a 13-1 region record and are 16-4 overall. Camden has beaten BI twice this year by a combined score of 26-6.

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