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Redskins beat Groves, Montgomery in tourney
A diamond of a day
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Ryan Poythress heads down the base path after a single to right centerfield that started a 4 for 5 hitting performance at Diamond Day against Montgomery County. - photo by Photo by Tim Traywick
 The BCHS baseball team (2-5, 0-2) traveled to Claxton Friday night for a region tilt with the Tigers of Claxton High. Fans saw a nail biting pitcher’s duel before the host Tigers pulled out a 3-1 win over the visiting Redskins. However, the ‘Skins broke their losing streak the following day with two non-region wins.
Tiger Matthew Peale got the complete game win on the hill Friday as he threw a three-hitter. Cameron Lee was no slouch on the mound for Bryan County as he hurled a two-hit complete game with 9 strikeouts in the loss.  
“Walks and errors hurt us in this game,” BCHS Coach Tony Dragon said. “Claxton just ended up having more base runners than us all game and that is how they got their three runs. They got a timely hit with runners on base and made the score 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth. We got some base runners on in the top of the seventh but couldn’t score them.”  
The three hits for Bryan County came from the bats of Shane Dillon (1-3, RBI), Cameron Lee (1-3, RBI) and Garrett Riggleman (1-3).
The weather warmed up on Saturday for the annual Diamond Day baseball games hosted by Bryan County. The Redskin bats got hot as Bryan County (2-5, 0-2) picked up their first win of the year in the first game with a 13-3 win over Groves High. 
Sherrod Carter was on the hill for Bryan County and picked up a complete game win after allowing only 1 earned run. There were hits all up and down the Redskin batting order as several players found some offensive production, but Ben Covington led the surge with a 2-3, 4 RBI performance. Lee added a 2-3, 1 RBI outing.
With one win already in the books on the day, the Redskins took the field later in the afternoon for the final game against the Vikings of Montgomery County. The ‘Skins continued their winning ways with a 16-11 victory. 
On the mound in this tilt for Bryan County was Nick Rud, who pitched three innings and picked up the win as Alex Sapp got the save after pitching the last four innings.    Leading the offensive onslaught in this game was senior right fielder Ryan Poythress, who continued his consistent hitting with an impressive 4-5, 5 RBI plate performance that included his second homerun of the season. Also making some noise at the plate was Cody Crowe (2-5, 3 RBI’s, Homerun), Cameron Lee (2-5, 2 RBI’s) and sophomore catcher Shane Dillon (2-2).
With several games now under their belt and the winless monkey off their back, the Redskins plan to continue their new win streak.
“Our pitching is starting to come around,” Dragon said. “We have had three complete games pitched in the last three games by our pitchers. They are keeping the pitch count low and are getting a lot of strikeouts, but teams are just getting some timely hits against us and we are making a few mistakes in the field and on the bases. We are swinging the bat better and better each game.”
Bryan County will be back in action in Pembroke on Thursday against Southeast Bulloch and Friday with a region game at home against Savannah Christian.
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