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Wildcats, Redskins continue tearing up the diamond

POSTED: March 1, 2018 3:36 p.m.
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Bryan County's Dahlson Brown slides into home against Beach Wednesday. Brown was called safe after the Beach player dropped the ball while attempting to apply the tag.

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The Richmond Hill and Bryan County baseball teams continue their blistering pace early in the 2018 season.

The Wildcats remain perfect at 7-0, while the Redskins improved to 10-1 as both teams won Tuesday.

Bryan County also beat Beach 19-0 in three innings at home Wednesday and have outscored opponents 76-36 so far.

“The last couple of years we were a young team, but now those guys are juniors and seniors and much stronger,” said Coach Jason Roundtree. “And I don’t think we’ve peaked yet. We have a couple of injuries and some guys have been out with the flu.”

Roundtree said the team may be putting up big numbers, but it isn’t strictly because of power.

“We only had three hits against Commerce, but we had six stolen bases and a couple squeeze bunts,” he said. “We can play small ball when we have to.”

Pitching is also strong for the Redskins. The team ERA is 1.58.

“We go seven or eight deep on the mound,” Roundtree said. “Not many teams can do that.

Freshman Tucker Dyson is 3-0 with 33 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. Senior Dahlson Brown has 25 strikeouts in 15 innings and the staff as a whole has only given up four extra-base hits thus far.

The team batting average is .330, led by Jon Dowd at .474. Caleb Johns has 11 of the team’s 45 RBIs and a team-high five doubles. Terron Dixon and Cam Smith are both 6-for-6 on stolen bases.

The Redskins start Region 2-AA action Tuesday at Toombs County on Tuesday. Three region teams were in the Final Four last season, including eventual state champ Jeff Davis.

“We have the strongest region in the state,” Roundtree said. “I think we can compete with any of them.”

The Wildcats, meanwhile, kept their winning streak alive with a 1-0 win against South Effingham Tuesday night. Brandon Becker went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in Richmond Hill’s only run. Jackson Finley threw a two-hitter and struck out 13.

The Wildcats are at South Effingham at 6 p.m. tonight.

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