With the completion of this week’s games, the BCHS Ladyskins are fast on their way to reaching the midway point of their season. With a region record of 2-3, the Ladyskins have their work cut out for them for the rest of the season.
Savannah Country Day currently holds the first place position. Although standings throughout regular season play do not effect the final postseason standings, they do determine where a team is placed and who they play in the Region Competition to be held at Hendrix Park this year. A good starting position in a tournament can certainly mean the difference in a successful or regretful finish.
The BCHS Ladyskins traveled to Twin City for their first meeting with Emanuel County Institute on Tuesday. With a 14-1 win, the Skins’ dominated throughout the game.
Ashley Barfield took the mound for the Redskins allowing only four ECI singles while striking out four batters and walking none. The Redskin defense controlled the outfield shutting down the ECI offense and allowing only one of the hits to cross home plate for the run. With the defense taken care of, the Skins turned their attention to batting. In Barfield’s four appearances at the plate, she successfully made three hits and took a hit by pitch to give her a 3 for 3 record with three runs scored and 4 RBIs. Lindsay Seger and Samantha Howard followed going 1 for 2 with two walks each. Meghan Shuman also went 1 for 2. Taylor Stanfield and Tara Miles each went 1 for 3 but it would be Tara Miles triple to left field that would remain the strongest hit of the game. The Redskins recorded eight total hits and no errors.
It was back home on Thursday to face one of the Ladyskins’ strongest competitors and, as expressed by several seniors on the team, "one of those games you just want to win." Throughout the first several innings, the lead shifted back and forth with the Redskins only down by one run in the fourth inning and bad weather threatening on the horizon. But the Cavaliers pecked away at the Redskin defense who made four errors throughout the complete game. In innings five and six, the Cavaliers extended their lead by four runs.
As rain began to dampen the game, the Redskins came to bat the final time with Samantha Howard taking a walk with a single out on the board. Tara Miles’ line drive double would put the Redskins into scoring position with Meghan Shuman up to bat. Shuman’s timely-hit triple to deep centerfield would score Miles and Howard reducing the Redskin deficit to only two runs and Shuman on third base.
Rebecca Horton would follow with another hit to centerfield for a double and a run as Shuman crossed home plate, thus leaving the Redskins down by only one run. But the Cavaliers’ defense shut down the next two Redskin batters with caught fly balls to end the inning and the game.
The Cavaliers took home a 8-7 lead advancing their regional standings. Howard pitched the entire game for the Redskins and allowed only six hits while striking out eight batters and giving up seven walks.
The Ladyskins have a break in their schedule on Tuesday but face the Portal Lady Panthers on Thursday.