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Tigers down to one final chance
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Bradwell’s Jeff Polk runs to third, while Nick Franks makes it to second. - photo by Photo by Jimmy Courier
SAVANNAH — Friday, Bradwell Institute hoped to clinch its first state playoff berth since 2001, but Jenkins pitcher Matt Oglesby wanted them to wait one more game.
The senior pitched a complete game — 6 innings — striking out eight Tigers in the 12-2 win.
Oglesby also went 4-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs.
If Bradwell wants to end the postseason drought, they must win Tuesday at Groves. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
“We’ve got another shot. As bad as we played tonight, we have another shot,” BI coach Rhett Hellgren said. “It’s still on our shoulders. We just have to perform. We didn’t perform tonight.”
Jenkins pounded 13 hits and took advantage of six Tiger errors to clinch home field advantage for the first round of the state playoffs.
In the third and fourth innings, the Warriors showed why they are one of the top teams in the area.
Jenkins busted a 1-1 game open, scoring three runs off four hits in the third inning and scoring four runs off five hits in the fourth inning.
The Warriors added another run in the fifth to make the lead 9-1.
In the sixth, it looked if the Tigers were going to rally. They loaded the bases with no outs but only managed to score one run as Oglesby mowed down three Tigers to break the Tigers’ back.
Hellgren said his team will improve, but they need more game experience.
“We need to play a lot of games,” he said. “Our kids are good kids but we’re young and we will get better. The miscues in the infield and outfield come from not playing 30-40 games in the summer. We will play as many games as we can this summer. You just can’t practice game experience.
After the loss, Hellgren told his team to think about how the game went and ask themselves what they could have done better.
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