According to ga.prepcountry.com, Bradwell Institute’s 8-9 loss Tuesday at home to the Groves Rebels dropped the Tigers into the fourth-place spot in Region 3-AAAAA. For BI coach Rhett Hellgren, who said he knows his team is capable of taking down the Rebels, it was a disappointing loss. Three weeks ago, the Tigers beat Groves, 17-7, in six innings.
The Rebels were up 1-0 going into the bottom of the first inning.
Tiger Zach Hawkins got a hit and stole second. Mitch Rogers hit one down the third base line to score Hawkins. Rogers stole second and third. A wild pitch let him score a run, and Josh Driggers closed the inning with a solo home run to put the Tigers up 3-1.
In the top of the third inning, Groves came within 1 point of the lead by scoring a run. In the fourth, the Rebels loaded the bases and a wild pitch tied the game at 3. A Rebel batter hit one to the centerfield wall, scoring two runs, and Groves took the lead. In the bottom of the inning, Leonard Felton scored after he dove head-first past the catcher and tagged the base, bringing the trailing Tigers within one run of the lead at 5-4.
In the fifth inning, the Rebels loaded the bases on a hit and two bunts, which were not fielded properly by the Tigers. A Rebel batter hit a shot to the outfield, scoring in two runs. With runners on second and third, Groves added another run off a wild pitch. Another Rebel hit one toward Hawkins who made the second out but allowed the visiting team to score another run.Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Hinesville boys were down 9-4.
Rogers got hit by a pitch and Driggers made a hit to get Tigers on first and second. Eran Hodge hit a high fly ball but it was dropped by the Rebels and the bases were loaded. Dill scored a run on an RBI. The Tigers faced two outs and had runners on second and third. Eric Wells walked on base to load the bases. Felton hit a shot right to the pitcher who was unable to field the ball, scoring another run.
Nick Snider smacked a hit down the third base line, bringing in a run and making it a 9-8 game with the Tigers’ tying runner on third. The Rebels intentionally walked Hawkins, loading the bases. The tension mounted as Rogers stepped up for his last at-bat, but the Rebels pitcher struck him down for the 1-run loss.
Wells pitched until the fifth inning. Hodge relieved him.
The Tigers’ next region game is at 4:30 p.m. today in Savannah against Johnson High School.