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Tigers swept in weeklong series
Chris Bell looks fierce as he prepare to release his pitch against an Effingham Rebel batter in Fridays home game. During the game, BI recognized its senior players. - photo by Patty Leon

The Bradwell Institute Tigers went 0-3 against the Effingham Rebels this week in a three-game region 3-AAAAA series.
During the final game, held Friday at Bradwell, the Tigers recognized their senior players, Chris Bell, Darrius Tilghman, DJ Jefferson, Darrell Hawkins, Stephen Felton, Maxwell Ashe and Brandon Woodard.
The series started Monday in Hinesville, where the Tigers and Rebels traded hit for hit on Tiger Field. The visiting Rebels won the contest 17-11.
In that game, the Rebels led 2-0 in the first inning, but the Tigers’ Jefferson and Ashe scored, Bell hit a two-run double, Hunter Hawkins hit a single RBI and Ryan Desbiens scored on an error to give BI a 5-2 lead to start the third inning.
The Rebels brought in three runs, and the Tigers added two to make it a 7-5 game in favor of Bradwell as they entered the fourth inning.
That’s when the Rebels hit pay dirt, driving in 10 runs to the Tigers’ three to take the lead for the rest of the game.
Desbiens was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI; Evan Crystal was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI; Bell was 2 for 5 with 1 RBI; and Felton was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.
Crystal pitched three innings, giving up 10 runs off seven hits. He struck out three and walked two. Desbiens took the mound for 1-1/3 innings and gave up one run. He struck out one batter. Bell finished the game, giving up six runs off eight hits and walking three.
On Wednesday, the series moved to Effingham County, where the Rebels took a decisive 12-3 win on their home turf.
Felton pitched three innings, walking five, striking out five and giving up nine runs. Desbiens tossed the remainder of the game giving up three runs and striking out three.
Tiger Brennan Long was 1 for 2 with 1 RBI, and Desbiens was 1 for 3 with 1 RBI.
On Friday, BI honored its seniors but fell short of winning. The Rebels beat the Tigers 11-7 in a game shortened by lightning.
Tiger baseball coach Jeff Polk said BI is the fifth-place seed and might play a region crossover game against Brunswick.
He would know for sure sometime this week.
Statistics from Friday game had not been posted by press time.
Based on current stats posted on, Crystal led the Tigers with 26 hits and 19 RBIs. Desbiens had 23 hits, Bell 21, Felton 17, Ashe 16 and Jefferson 15 for the season.
Crystal also led in tossing strikeouts with 30, followed by Felton with 27, Bell with 23 and Desbiens with 22.
The Tigers finished the regular season 6-15 overall and 0-13 in the region.

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