The Bryan County Redskins baseball team traveled to Thunderbolt to play Region 3-AAAAA Johnson High Monday Feb. 26 for the first game of the regular season and came home a winner as they crushed the Atom Smashers 12-6 in five innings as the game was called due to darkness. They did it again two days later when they blanked Windsor Forest 10-0.
Coaches and fans alike were buzzing about this being a pleasant surprise from the young Bryan County squad facing both the higher region teams and a period of rebuilding within the program, and how this is a wonderful sign of things to come.
Bryan County’s Cody Crowe got the bats warmed up with a lead-off double in the first inning and the Redskins soon found themselves with a comfortable 7-0 lead after only two innings. Starting pitcher Justin Covington was throwing heat on this cool, sunny afternoon to basically ice the bats of Johnson High as he struck out 10 out of 13 batters and allowed only 1 hit against no walks.
"Justin was in a zone that I have never seen him in before as far as his pitching today," Coach Al Butler said.
Every starter in the lineup had at least one hit, but the biggest hit of the game came from third baseman Chad Klopp. This junior pounded a long drive to left field for a 3-run homer in the second inning.
"I was surprised at how well we hit and how patient and selective the guys were at the plate," Butler said. "They didn’t have many pitches to hit, but when they did get a pitch, they made contact. This win was important mainly because it shows that they can win without the leaders from last year’s team and that they can do it themselves."
The Redskins hit the field again Wednesday Feb. 27 for their first home game of the early season as they faced another 3-AAAAA team in Windsor Forest. The Bryan County fans that braved the windy chill for this home contest had plenty to cheer about as the Redskins picked up where they left off Monday and saw their boys cruise to a 10-0 victory and another game called after five innings due to the 10 run rule.
Taking the mound this game was Bryce Mingledorff, who struck out eight batters and allowed only 1 hit to give the Redskins their second win of the season. Leading the way at the plate was Covington, Kurt Shuman and Mingledorff who were all 2-2 with an RBI.
Coach Butler said he is proud of the way his guys have started off the season, especially since they have not had many practices as a team before the season started. "We played a much cleaner game today, We only committed one error and that was a throwing error, so I am pleased in that phase."
The Skins play today at Montgomery County. They return home against Groves on Monday, March 3 at 4 p.m. followed by the big cross county game at Richmond Hill on March 5.