The Bryan County High baseball team scooted down Hwy. 280 on Tuesday, April 29 for their last road trip of the baseball season to take on the Claxton Tigers. The Tigers roared their way to a solid 9-1 region win. Two days later, for the very last game of the season, the Skins lost to Region 3-A rival Savannah Country Day 4-2.
The Redskins finished the year with 6-19 record. Despite the lackluster win-loss tally this year, Coach Al Butler said it was a good year for his young team because some building blocks were put in place as they work toward creating a winning team for seasons to come.
"We have all our guys returning next year and that is a positive thing," Butler said. Many of our younger guys saw some playing time here at the end of the season and we will take this season and build on it for next year."
The Claxton (18-3, 10-1) win was largely in part to the clutch hitting of Matthew Rogers (3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI’s). Claxton hurler Harley Hendrix improved his season record to 9-1 as Cameron Lee took the loss for the Redskins. Bryan County, a team that has struggled most of the season at scoring runs, hung tough with the Tigers for the first two innings before the Claxton bats exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third inning to pick up the first of their nine runs. Bryan County’s five hits were led by Bryce Mingledorff (1-3, 2B, RBI) and Kurt Shuman (1-3, 2B).
On Thursday, May 1, the Redskins suited up for their final game of the season as Savannah Country Day (10-11) made their way to Pembroke for a region contest.
The visiting Hornets had just enough sting in their bats to push across four runs on eight hits to go home a 4-2 winner and give Bryan County a season-ending loss.
Coach Al Butler said he saw his team perform much the same way they have in many of their games this year and that the players "didn’t have much intensity for our last game of the year and, once again, we had some errors that cost us - especially in this close of a ballgame."
Justin Covington started the game on the mound for Bryan County and lasted until the top of the seventh before Justin Pruitt came in for the last inning. Covington gave up six of the Hornets’ eight hits and Pruitt picked up the remaining 2 hits. The Redskin bats didn’t make much noise and when they did, it only amounted to singles. Leading the way at the plate was Cody Crowe (1B), Justin Covington (1B, 1 Run), Bryce Mingledorff (1B, 1B, 1 RBI, 1 Run) and Tyler Moody (1B, 1 RBI).