Bradwell Institute’s seven-game winning streak came to an end Monday by the narrowest of margins, after host Brunswick High School pulled out an extra run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win, 8-7
The Tigers committed nine errors against the Pirates while dropping to 12-5 overall and 10-1 in Region 3-AAAAA. Bradwell coach Rhett Hellgren said he’s still looking for his team to play up to its potential.
“We’ve played one truly good game and that was against Jenkins,” he said. “I want this team to be great, and I do not think we are there yet.”
The coach said his pitching and hitting were solid Monday but the defense needs to step up, especially after losing outfielder Alton Malpass to a shoulder injury Friday and infielder/pitcher Cody Hill earlier this season to a hand injury.
Hill, a freshman, pitched 8 1⁄3 innings in three games. He faced 38 batters, allowed eight hits and earned eight strikeouts before breaking his thumb. Hill had six hits and scored 10 runs in 24 appearances at the plate.
Malpass had 51 at-bats. He had 20 hits, six doubles, nine RBIs and scored 26 runs before his injury.
“Losing Alton has really put us in a bind,” Hellgren said. “People are going to have to step up and fill these positions without skipping a beat.”
Tigers pitcher Chris Rafferty started on the mound, scattering seven hits while allowing two runs in 4 1⁄3 innings.Garrett McCorkle went the rest of the way, allowing six runs on seven hits and notching a strikeout.
Rafferty also had three singles in the game. Jacob Dill led BI at the plate with three singles and four RBIs. Mitch Rogers slugged a triple in the game and Leonard Felton and Josh Driggers each had singles.
The Tigers scored their seven runs off nine hits.
The boys were set to play Region 3-AAAAA opponents Windsor Forest on Tuesday (6-10, 4-7), weather permitting.
They are scheduled to play Camden County (12-3, 9-1) today and Beach High (2-9, 2-9) on Friday.
With the Wildcats chasing the Hinesville boys for the top spot in the region standings, the coach said the boys need a repeat performance of how they handled Jenkins on March 22. In that game, the Tigers upset the first-place Warriors, 12-2, in six innings.
To help raise cancer awareness, the team will wear pink uniforms today against the Wildcats.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink and come out to support the Tigers and honor people who are fighting or have lost their lives to the disease. The game starts at 4:30 p.m.