The Bryan County High School Redskin baseball team traveled to Tattnall County on Thursday night and ended up on the losing end of a wild game with a 17-8 loss.
Chad Klopp took the mound for Bryan County but got off to a rocky start and never recovered as Bryan County found themselves in a deep hole early in the game. Errors, walks and a bit of hitting from Tattnall saw Tattnall up 7-0 in the first inning. The Redskin bunch battled back and cut the lead to 7-5 in the second inning, but just never could find enough rope to pull them to victory.
"We eventually went to our short game where we did a lot of bunting and Tattnall wasn’t ready for that, but when you walk nine batters and commit six errors it’s hard to comeback from that type of deficit," Redskin Coach Al Butler said.
Leading the way at the plate for the Skins was big Cameron Lee who was 3-3. Justin Covington and Kurt Shuman were 2-4 in this losing cause.
On a brighter note, the Redskins did pick up a region win March 14 when they traveled to Twin City where they came home a 8-6 winner over ECI. Cameron Lee was on the hill for Bryan County in that game, but needed some help from Justin Covington as he came in and shut down ECI.
Once again, Bryan County found themselves in a hole as they were down 5-0 to ECI in the fifth inning, but scrapped and clawed for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull within one and mustered up four more runs the rest of the way to pull out the victory.
Covington came on in relief for Lee and commandingly shut out the nine out of ten batters he faced.
"Justin did an awesome job tonight in relief," Butler said. "He just shut ECI down with his pitching. I haven’t seen him in a zone like that since the first game against Johnson High."
Bryan County took a 4-5 record, 1-1 Region into Portal last night for another Region battle against the Portal Panthers and the outcome of that game will be in Wednesday’s paper. Next up is a home game on March 26 against Wheeler County, 5 p.m. start.