DONALSONVILLE, GA -- Bekah Johnson supplied the muscle and Hayden Joyner showed why she’s one of the state’s top pitchers as Bryan County swept Seminole County, 9-0 and 12-0, Wednesday in the opening round of the GHSA Class A Public state playoffs.
Johnson went 4-for-5 in the doubleheader with two home runs in the opener and Joyner was near unhittable, pitching a perfect game in the first game.
Taking a 250-mile bus ride to Donalsonville to play a 21-5 Indians team did not prove to be an obstacle for the Redskins, forced to go on the road as a No. 3 seed after finishing third in the state last year.
Bryan County will be on traveling again next week as it will now play Ace Charter Classical Academy in Macon.
Ace (25-0) is ranked No. 1 in the state.
The two teams were scheduled to play in the regular season but the game was cancelled due to COVID.
Thanks to a two-run homer by Johnson in the second inning followed by a bases-loaded shot in the fifth the Redskins won the first game in to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Moved up to the leadoff position in an effort by Coach Jason Roundtree to get her more at bats Johnson justified her coach’s decision.
After walking on four pitches to lead off the game Johnson hit the first pitch she saw in the second inning over the fence to score Presly Carlucci ahead of her.
Up 3-0 after two the Redskins (15-5) tacked on runs in third and fourth before Johnson delivered the coup de grace in the fifth with her ninth home run of the season and second grand slam.
Joyner was dominant as she struck out nine and did not walk a batter while her team played errorless ball behind her.
In the second game Joyner allowed three hits in the first inning but worked out of a bases-loaded jam and was untouchable the rest of the way as she struck out eight and again did not walk a batter in a game called after four innings.
Joyner also helped her own cause with a two-run single.
Skylar Lee also had two RBI as the Redskins took advantage of five Indians errors to get the easy win.
Bryan County scored six runs in the third and followed up with four more in the fourth to make easy work of Seminole County.
Johnson was 1-for-2 in the second game with a double and three runs scored.
In her last five games she is 10-12. She is now hitting .645 with 41 RBI.