Bryan County sophomore centerfielder Konnor Leggett extended his hitting streak to 20 straight games but it wasn’t enough as the Redskins dropped a 6-0 decision at Claxton on Tuesday night.
Leggett got hits in the final two games of last year’s COVID abbreviated season and has hit safely in every game this season in the leadoff spot. He is now at .430 and has 28 RBI to help keep Bryan County in the chase for a spot in the GHSA Class A state playoffs.
Coach Justin Covington’s team (10-8, 3-4) in currently in fifth-place in the Region 3A race with the top four finishers advancing to the playoffs. The Redskins face second-place Claxton at home at 6 p.m. Friday in what is literally a must win game.
Bryan County, one game behind McIntosh County Academy which it faces in its final two games of the season, would find itself in a deep hole with a second loss to the Tigers.
The Redskins face Metter, ranked No. 9 in the state and looking to move up after beating Class 4A and No. 4 Benedictine earlier this week. They will close their region schedule against Porter and MCA.
“I’ve never seen a better two strike hitter than Konnor,” Covington said. “He’s got it going good and he’s coming into his own.
“He’s a catalyst at leadoff. When he’s on everyone else follows.”
Leggett’s two hits against Claxton gives him 32 on the season including nine doubles and one triple. He is now at .497 and has driven in 27 runs while scoring 23.
In the loss to Claxton the Redskins managed only two hits with Jeremiah Bowman and Jacob Hughes each getting a single. Logan Brazell took the loss as he gave up six runs, two earned, in four innings and four hits.
The Redskins uncharacteristically made five errors but were only down 1-0 when the roof caved in in the fourth when Claxton pushed across five runs. Bryan County left five runners on base.
Jacob Hughes will get the start in Friday’s game with Tucker Dyson in ready reserve at the first sign of trouble. The Redskins can’t afford to let the game get out of control if they want to remain in the middle of the scramble for a playoff spot.
Speaking of playoff spots the Richmond Hill girls soccer team needs only one win its final two games against either Effingham County and Statesboro to clinch second-place in the Region 2-6-A race.
Coach Dorothy Biron’s team is 9-3 overall, 8-2 in region play after dropping a 3-0 decision at Glynn Academy on Tuesday night. The Wildcats have a two-game lead on third place Effingham and the two teams meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at Wildcats Stadium.
A win would assure Richmond Hill of hosting an opening round game in the GHSA Class 6A state playoffs. Following the game with the Rebels the Wildcats will not play again until April 16 when they close the season at Statesboro. It’s been a yo-yo type season for the Wildcats boys soccer team. They won their opener with Camden County and then lost four straight before rebounding to win their next five region games to get into the thick of the playoff race.
Coach Robbie Flanders’ team took a step back on Wednesday night when they dropped a 3-0 decision at region leader Glynn County. The loss left the Wildcats in third-place and they should finish in fourth at worst which means they will be playing on the first round of the state playoffs. Pedro Fonseca leads Richmond Hill in scoring with 27 points. He has 12 goals.
Correction: An editor’s mistake in a headline last week misidentified Jeremiah Bowman and Logan Brazell as “Bowers and Brazzell.” The editor and the Bryan County News regrets his error.