Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School suffered recent losses on the baseball field.
The Tigers lost, 3-0, against Glynn Academy on Friday and 16-6 on Monday at home against Statesboro. The Panthers fell, 10-0, on Friday at Wayne County in a region matchup.
It’s been a tough season for the Bradwell Tigers’ baseball team, which fell to 3-10 overall and 1-6 in Region 3B-AAAAA after two back-to-back losses.
On Friday, the Tigers were at Historic Edo-Miller Park in Glynn County, where the Glynn Academy Red Terrors eked out a 3-0 win in a region contest.
Tiger baseball coach Rhett Hellgren said the Tigers committed no errors and had a solid performance defensively throughout the game. He added that BI pitcher Sage Sammons allowed only two hits in 5 2/3 innings. However, one of the hits was a three-run home run that gave the Red Terrors all the runs they needed to win the game.
Hellgren said the offense still needs some work at this point in the season.
“We continue to struggle at the plate,” he said. “We will keep changing the lineup until we find some guys that can put the ball in play.”
The Tigers had a base runner who was doubled off when Glynn Academy fielded a line drive at second. In the fifth inning, Sammons hit a double to right center and was replaced by pinch runner DJ Jefferson. Jefferson was on third when Bradwell attempted a squeeze, but Glynn defended the move.
The teams were scoreless in the top of the sixth when the Red Terrors, with two outs, got two runners on base. The next batter slammed the ball over the right-center field wall.
On Monday, when the Tigers hosted Statesboro, the Blue Devils jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first inning off four runs and a two-run homer.
The BI defense held the Blue Devils for a bit, but in the fourth inning the Tigers gave up two more runs and trailed, 8-1. In the bottom of the inning, the Tigers drove home four more runs as they tried to close the gap.
Statesboro answered back, however, with four runs in the sixth and another in the seventh.
Tigers Ryan Desbiens, Kyle Lannum, Jermaine Davilia and Stephen Felton each had hits. Davilia had two RBI, and Desbiens and DJ Jefferson each added a RBI.
Starting pitcher Chris Bell pitched two innings, reliever Kyle Lannum pitched three and James Moon pitched the final two innings.
Hellgren said he continues to see growth and progress in the players and expected an adjustment season, but need to find the right mix in terms of keeping the ball in play offensively. The Tigers are sophomore- and junior-heavy this season and have just four seniors.
The Tigers are scheduled to travel today to Darien to play McIntosh County Academy at 6 p.m.
In other area baseball news, Liberty County High School traveled Friday to Jesup, where the Yellow Jackets came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning to win, 10-0.
Freshman Panther pitcher Colby Rhea pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing three runs, one off a Panther error. Panther baseball coach Joel Moody said the Yellow Jackets made hits in the fifth inning, and with two outs he brought up Bailey Kitchings to try and get the third out. But Wayne County kept the hits coming, driving home seven more runs to close the game by the run rule.
The Panthers are 2-6 overall and 0-3 in Region 3A-AAAA.
The Panthers were scheduled to travel Tuesday to Statesboro. Results were unavailable at press time. Liberty will travel today to Brunswick to face Glynn Academy at 5:45 p.m.