The Redskins returned home to Redskin Field Wednesday night for a game against non-region opponent McIntosh County and lost in a close game 7-6.
Wesley Wilkes took the mound for the Redskins with Justin Covington starting as catcher. McIntosh County came to the plate first and quickly put runners on with a walk and a hit to the BCHS shortstop Aaron Dudley, who made a tremendous catch and throw, but was unable to reach first before the runner.
The third McIntosh batter slammed a ball to the BCHS shortstop Dudley who threw to second baseman Ricky Myrick who then relayed the ball to first for the double play. The Redskins held McIntosh to the one run and came back to score when Dudley walked and scored on the overthrow to second base.
Wilkes also took a walk and was sent home by Kurt Shuman, who hit a shallow fly ball to right field. Bryce Mingledorf followed with another hit to right field to score Shuman and put the Redskins up 3-1.
Both teams’ defense held strong in the second and neither was able to extend their score. McIntosh took the lead in the third and held the Redskins to put them up 6-3. The Redskins came back strong but were unable to undo the damage of the third inning.
Wilkes pitched four innings and recorded eight strike outs before giving up the mound to Mingledorf in the fifth inning. Mingledorf recorded 3 strike outs was credited with the loss.
Leading batters in the game included Mingledorf who went two for three with a double and one RBI, Wilkes who went one for three with a double and two RBIs, Myrick who went one for four with an RBI, and Shuman who went one for four with an RBI.
Coach Al Butler gave the credit for McIntosh’s win to, "McIntosh is a well coached and prepared team. But he was quick to add, "We had a few costly mistakes, but our boys played at a high level and never gave up."
The Redskins Junior Varsity Baseball team played McIntosh’s JV team prior to the Varsity game but also recorded a loss of 8-3. Started BCHS pitcher was Cody Crowe who later in the game was relieved by BCHS pitcher Justin Pruitt. The Bryan County JV played a good game but had a devastating first inning, giving up six runs with six errors and two walks, that they were not able to recover from. Leading hitters for the Redskins were Bryce Mingledorf who went 2-3 with a 1 RBI, Cameron Lee who went 2-3 and Justin Pruitt who went 1-2 with a RBI.
The Redskins varsity travel to Atlanta this weekend for two games, one against Meadowbrooke Friday night and a game against South Cobb on Saturday. They are currently 1-1 in regular season play.