The Bryan County Redskins baseball squad faced an unfamiliar foe on April 7 whey they took Townes County from Region 8-A.
Townes quickly wore out their welcome as they put an 11-1 shellacking on the boys of Bryan County in a five inning game. Cody Crowe started on the mound for the Redskins, but soon found himself at shortstop after giving up seven runs going into the second inning. Finding themselves in a huge deficit once again, Garrett Riggleman was brought in to hopefully calm the storm until the offense of Bryan County could claw their way back, but the clawing never took place and Riggleman found himself with three more runs to his account to make the score 10-0 before another freshman, Ben Covington came in to relieve Riggleman with no outs in the 3rd inning. After giving up a single and an RBI to the first batter he faced, Covington then got the next batter to flyout and followed with a groundball double-play to get the Redskins out of the inning.
Justin Pruitt picked up the first hit of the game for Bryan County with an infield hit to start the bottom of the third, but no other offensive bats could move him around.
The second and only other hit of the game came in the 4th inning when Crowe hit a single to move Cameron Lee to second who had drawn a walk, putting runners on first and second. DH, Bryce Mingledorff then reached first on a ground ball error that loaded the bases for Bryan County.
Pruitt hit a fielder’s choice to the shortstop that scored Lee from third and that was the only run the quiet Redskin bats could muster up as Townes cruised.
Coach Al Butler was left scratching his head as he commented about this game. "We have a lot of different emotions going on within our team right now. We are not playing as a team and we are not improving. I don’t see any game faces on gameday or during our games, but somehow we have got to come together as a team and find some leaders to help turn this lull in our play around."
Savannah Country Day handed Bryan County another loss three days earlier as they defeated the visiting Redskins 8-2. William Ping picked up the win for SCD and Chad Klopp took the pitching loss for Bryan County.
"Once again, we struggled on the mound early and offensively we were shut down three-up and three-down for the first three innings. When we did finally start to get some hits we were down 8-0.," Butler said. "We are not getting timely hits and the breaks are just not going our way right now. At the first of the season we were scoring early and often, but now we are scoring late if we score at all. The Redskins who provided the offense were Kurt Shuman (2-3),Cody Crowe (1-2 with a double), Justin Covington (1-4), Garrett Riggleman (1-4), Bryce Mingledorff (1-3), and Jarrod Carter (1-1).
Bryan County played Calvary Tuesday and will host ECI on Friday at 6 p.m.