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Pirates take Tigers booty
Tiger pitcher Dustin Belletty took the loss in Thursday’s game against the Brunswick Pirates. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
As the baseball season winds down even non-region games become critical. Playing a non-regional opponent before a regional game is supposed to help you fix mistakes and fine-tune your game plan. But the Brunswick Pirates had something different in store for the Bradwell Tigers Thursday night.
The Tigers were playing on the Pirate’s ship and sank, 13-5.
“Our kids seem to almost make the play,” Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren said. “But we never seem to make the tough play. We need to play with more heart and pride.”
Dustin Belletty took the loss, pitching 3-2/3 innings before DeAnte Day came in as the relief. Day was the heavy hitter for the Tigers getting a triple in the game.
The loss makes the Tigers 6-15 over all and 5-4 in 3-AAAAA, keeping the Tigers within reach of a playoff spot. But they have to win their regional games.
“We are winding down the season now and it is crunch time for us,” Hellgren said. “If we don’t get it together soon, we will be looking at the end of the season sooner rather than later.”
The Tigers have until Tuesday to get their game plan going in the right direction. They travel to Savannah on Tuesday to battle Beach High in a regional game to maintain their position.
The Tigers will finish their regular season at home hosting Pierce County in a non-region match next Thursday. Afterward they will face 2 regional opponents in Jenkins next Friday and Groves on April 29.
“Our team has got to start believing in themselves and playing the way that they are capable of playing,” Hellgren said.
As long as the Tigers can hold on to fourth place they will play in the post-season. But they will have to travel to get their wins.
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