Richmond Hill saw a 3-0 lead slip away as Statesboro scored three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth at Richmond Hill Monday night in a key Region 3-AAAAA game.
The teams play again at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Statesboro and at 6 p.m. Friday at Richmond Hill.
The Wildcats are now 11-8 overall and 6-4 in the region after taking three games last week against Bradwell Institute, according to Coach Stacy Bennett.
Bennett said he is confident his team will finish in the top four in the region, although first place is most likely out of reach. The top four teams in the region will face off against the top four teams in Region 2-AAAAA starting April 29, with the first place teams hosting the fourth place teams and second place teams hosting third place teams.
“I’m pretty sure we’ll be in, but we’d like to host,” Bennett said. “We just have to focus on these next two games.”
Richmond Hill scored three runs in the bottom of the third on two Statesboro errors and a stand-up double by Grayson Cowan. Statesboro threatened in the top of the fourth, putting two runners on base with no outs, but Wildcat pitcher Kyle Luigs struck out two batters and got the final out on an infield popup to third base.
Statesboro tied the game in the fifth inning on a walk, two doubles and a single, then scored two more runs in the sixth on three base hits.
“I give them credit, they came up with the big hits when they needed to,” Bennett said.
For the game, Cowan was the only Wildcat with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Luigs struck out eight over six innings.