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'Skins softball in state championship
BCHS puts up fight for homecoming game
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The Bryan County High School girls softball team stayed on track Tuesday, Sept. 28, to a state championship with a regular season last game 4-1 win over visiting Brantley County (13-13, 4-4), thanks to the continued mound dominance of junior pitcher Tiffany Howard
The first round of the Region tournament got underway on Thursday with a double-header in Pembroke. Bryan County (23-6, 9-1) was the No.1 seed, and that allowed them to be the first round host of the No. 4 seed, Montgomery County from 3B-A side of the region with a 10-13, 6-8 record.
With Howard on the mound, she quickly went to work as she struck out the side in the top of the first inning and never let up the remainder of the game. She finished the game with a 4-0 shutout win while only allowing one hit amidst 14 strikeouts. Montgomery pitcher Jordie Thompson held the Lady ‘Skins battery to only four hits as Sierra Cornell (2-2, 2 RBIs, run) and Howard (2-3, 2 runs) picked up the only Bryan County hits in Game 1.
“The girls came out a little more relaxed than I would have liked in the first game “ said Bryan coach Al Butler. “I felt that they pressed in their at-bats and were not able to get it going offensively.”
During Game 2, Howard led off with a bunt single, and Sierra Cornell followed with an RBI single that scored Howard. With one run on the board, Bridgett Bacon followed up with a double off the left field fence before Jerri Hines sailed her fifth homerun of the year out of the park for a three-run homer and Bryan County was quickly up 4-0.
Howard continued her stellar performance on the mound as she allowed only four hits while striking out 9 batters to push her season record to 22-6. The Bryan bats produced 13 hits in Game 2 and was led by Howard (4-4, RBI, 3 runs), Jenna Schuman (3-3), Jerri Hines (2-3, HR, 4 RBI’s, 2 runs) and Sierra Cornell (2-3, RBI, run). Bridget Bacon (1-2, RBI, 2 runs), Kaitlyn Meekins (1-3, run).
Bryan County advanced to the championship round of the region tournament and took on the Truetlen County Vikings from 3B-A (15-10, 8-4) Tuesday in Dublin. Results of that game will appear in a coming issue and at
There was a good crowd on hand in Pembroke on Friday night for the Bryan County High School Homecoming football game, but Savannah Country Day Hornets (4-1,1-0) invaded Redskin territory. The put a quick first-half sting on the Bryan County squad (0-5) and held on the remainder of the game to go back to Savannah with a 35-7 win.
“They jumped on us early in the first half, but we challenged the players to go out and win the second half, and that is what we did,” said Bryan County coach Mark Wilson. “We continued to fight in the second half, and we can build on that. When they put in their players that were more the size and age of our young team, we were able to hang with them and move the ball pretty good. We are still young and still learning, and we just have to keep on getting better.”
Morris Watson, who rushed for 122 yards on the night, scored from 6 yards out at the 1:45 mark of the first quarter. But the Bryan County offense found its most offensive success in the fourth quarter and moved the ball from its own 11-yard line down to the SCD 15-yard line when Bryan quarterback Albert Chavis scrambled into the end zone on a fourth down play for a 15 yard touchdown with 2:07 left in the game. Ty Wilson added the extra-point and the game ended with a 35-7 score.
SCD finished the night with 218 rushing yards and 217 passing yards. Bryan County was held to 66 yards rushing and 45 passing yards. SCD’s quarterback Tate O’Connor was 13-of-16, had two touch downs and 217 yards and Morris Brown scored three touchdowns to lead the visiting Hornets.
“Even though we haven’t won a game, I like this team because these guys love each other,” Chavis said after the game. “We may not always get along all the time, but I know that we as a team will always continue to fight and not give up and will be there for each other and continue to battle no matter what the score is. We have a lot of positive things going in our program and everything we do around here is about the team, not about individuals.”
Bryan County will travel to Metter on Friday and to Calvary on Oct. 15.
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