The Bryan County High School varsity baseball team cruised into Portal last Friday night to take on the Portal Panthers in a region 3A baseball game with hopes of carrying some momentum with them from a strong finish they had in the Tattnall game a few days earlier. Instead, they brought to life the term ‘Spring Break’ as they suffered a 8-4 Region loss.
Justin Covington was the Redskin hurler on the mound for this contest and Bryan County seemed to be in control as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead heading into the top of the fourth inning. Bryan County, who could only muster up two hits the entire game, soon watched Portal tie the game up in the bottom of the fourth at 4-4 and then take the lead as a routine ground ball that would have been the third out slipped under the fielder’s legs. This allowed the Panthers to jump out front in the bottom of the fifth.
Visibly disappointed and unhappy, Coach Al Butler lamented on his team’s performance this night.
"We had our on Spring Break in this game. The guys just didn’t seem up to the task mentally or physically. Once Portal took the lead we just basically gave up and quit trying and you could see it in the boys’ eyes that this game was already over. We have got to get these guys to believe that when they are down they can come back."
Bryan County now has a 4-6 overall record and is 1-2 in region play.
Next up, the Wheeler county Bulldogs will be visiting Bryan County today at 5 p.m.