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Rain stops game, but not before a first for Redskins
Pascal Ellison
Pascal Ellison is welcomed to home plate by teammates after she belted the first ever home run at the new softball field at Bryan County High School on Monday. Photo by Mike Brown.

Pascal Ellison got the ball and a lifelong memory.

Ellison hit the first home run ever at Bryan County’s new softball field when she slammed a three-run shot in the first inning Monday against Richmond Hill in a game halted by rain.

The Redskins led 7-0 with the Wildcats batting with one out in top of the fourth when the rains came for the second time. There had been a 30-minute delay in the second inning.

The game may or may not be completed at a later date.

The two teams did get in games Tuesday with the Redskins (4-1, 1-0) winning their Region 3-A D-I opener with Metter, 6-2, and Richmond Hill (3-4) making it two straight victories as it outlasted Savannah Christian, 11-8.

Bryan County stunned Richmond Hill with four runs in the first and three in the second while Hayden Joyner struck out eight of the 10 batters she faced.

Kenzie Mobley had an RBI single in the opening frame before Ellison connected to make it 4-0 in the blink of an eye. In the second Bekah Johnson drilled a solo homer to dead center with Ellison contributing an RBI single.

“I wasn’t looking for a home run,” Ellison said. “It’s a great feeling and it’s awesome to hit the first home run here.”

The Redskins had 10 hits in the abbreviated outing with Ellison, Mobley, Johnson and Joyner getting two each.

Coach Jason Roundtree had not been pleased with his team’s hitting but the Redskins followed up with 11 hits in the win over Metter.

“We’ve been working more on our hitting lately,” Ellison said. “We pent a lot of time working on our defense at the start of the season at the expense of our hitting. We’re starting to hit the ball better.”

In winning its fourth straight game Bryan County spotted Metter an early 2-1 lead but put up two runs in the fourth and fifth innings and tacked on one in the sixth behind another strong outing by Joyner (3-1) who struck out 10 while giving up five hits.

“Our hitting has not been where I wanted it to be,” Roundtree said. “I think the Richmond Hill game was the first game we’ve come out ready to play.

“We came out focused and hit the way I envisioned we would. If we can continue to hit like that we can go far.”

Ellison continued her hot hitting with three hits against the Tigers and scored twice while eight other players hit safely.

In the fourth Xandria Dean singled to drive in the first run of the inning and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. In the fifth Ellison had a two-out single followed by back-to-back triples by Amber Gray and Alex Robertson.

That was all Joyner needed as she picked up her 47th career win against 14 losses.

Richmond Hill freshman Bria Milledge (3-1) spotted Savannah Christian three runs in the first but got strong support from her teammates who, after scoring the second, put up six runs in the third and three in the fourth for a 10-4 lead over the Raiders. Taylor Gilbert had a pair of doubles and Brooklyn Meyer had a pair of singles to lead a 10-hit Wildcats attack that also included a triple by Lucy Tuttle and a double by Kamdyn Richbourg.

Gilbert had three RBI as Richmond Hill was able to take advantage of four Raiders errors. Milledge allowed all eight runs, only three of the earned and limited SCPS to five hits.

Richmond Hill’s next two games are at home as it takes on Southeast Bulloch on Thursday and then opens Region 1-7A play Tuesday against Camden County.

Bryan County is at Schley County for a doubleheader on Saturday and returns home to faces Claxton in a region matchup on Monday.

Pascal Ellison
Pascal Ellison has had a hot bat for Bryan County High School, and hit the first home run at the Redskins’ new softball field. Photo by Mike Brown.
rain at BCHS softball game
Fans brave the rain. Photo by Mike Brown.
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