The Bacon County Lady Red Raiders opened their new, state of the art facility last Monday with a come-from-behind win 4-3 win over Coffee High.
BCHS’s (18-5) one-run decision was the first of three straight in an unbeaten week. The Lady Red Raiders nailed down a 6-5 win at Long County Tuesday and finished the week with a 2-1 win over visiting seventh-ranked Bryan County.
“We have the best facility in the state,” said head coach Steven Tyre of the new ball park. “We are truly blessed and its even better that we won our first two games there.”
The Lady Redskins are one of three Region 2-AA teams ranked in the Top 10 poll of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Unranked Bacon County went 1-1 against sixth-ranked Jeff Davis, 2-0 against seventh-ranked Bryan County and 2-0 against 10th-ranked Vidalia.
BCHS and the Lady Yellow Jackets tied for the number-one seed in the upcoming region tournament with Jeff Davis winning the tie-breaker. Both will have byes until the best-of-three region semifinals with each hosting.
The region championship game, along with the consolation game for third- and fourth-place, will be played at Armstrong Atlantic State College in Savannah
BCHS 4, Coffee 3
Senior Ashton Kight singled home Emme Harper with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning helping the Lady Red Raiders rally for the win.
Down 3-2 entering the at bat, Sydney Sweat (2-for-3) blistered a one-out pitch to left and Harper (1-for-1) delivered a two-out pinch-hit single to left.
After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, BCHS got a gift when the Coffee pitcher dropped a pop up allowing the tying run to score. Kight (1-for-4) came through on 2-2 pitch with a single to right to drive in the game-winner.
Abbi Lewis (1-for-3) ripped a one-out single in the second inning for the first hit in the new facility. She scored the first-ever run on the next pitch when Sweat laced a triple down the right field line. Sweat was stranded when two infield pops followed.
The Lady Trojans scored twice in the second against Paxton Sellers (5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB) to take a 2-1 lead. Sellers’ first pitch of the game, for historical purposes, was a strike.
Coffee extended the lead to 3-1 in the sixth plating a run against Lewis (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB).
BCHS got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Callie Anderson (1-for-3) blasted the first-ever homer at the new park, a two-out solo shot to center, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
BCHS 6, Long County 5
A three-run sixth inning broke a 3-all tie and the Lady Red Raiders hung on to complete the season region sweep of Long County.
BCHS, which let a 3-0 slip away, got a leadoff single from Sellers (1-for-3) to start the sixth. Haley Whitley (2-for-4) hit into fielder’s choice and stole second ahead of a walk to Kight.
Whitley scored the go-ahead run on Madison Taylor’s (1-for-3) double. After Anderson walked to load the bases, Harper (1-for-3) lined a two-run single for a 6-3 lead.
The Lady Blue Tide would score twice in the bottom of the sixth to pull to within a run. Long stranded the tying run at second in the seventh.
BCHS plated two runs in the first inning for a quick lead. Taylor was hit by a one-out pitch and Anderson reached on an error by the centerfield to extend the inning. Both moved up on the first of two passed balls. The second scored Taylor with Harper’s sacrifice fly driving home Anderson.
The Lady Red Raiders added a run in the fourth to push the lead out to 3-0. Sweat (1-for-4) reached on an error to start the frame. Two outs later, Rachel Paulk’s fly to right was misplayed allowing Sweat to score.
Long got the run back in the bottom of the inning and tied the score with in the fifth.
BCHS 4, Bryan County 3
Taylor’s one-out single to right scored Breanna Booth helping the Lady Red Raiders to their second come-from-behind home win of the week.
BCHS, down 3-2, got a pinch-hit leadoff single from Whitley (1-for-1). Booth, also pinch-hitting, laced a 1-2 pitch into the leftfield corner to tie the score at 3-apiece. Following the first out, Taylor leveled off on a 3-0 pitch to right for the game-winner.
The Lady Red Raiders plated the first run in the bottom of the fourth. Harper (2-for-3) lined a leadoff single before Lewis (1-for-3) hit into a fielder’s choice. She moved around to third on two passes balls and scored on a wild pitch.
After Bryan County scored a run in the fifth to tie the score, Bacon County scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. Harper delivered a one-out single and raced to third when Lewis stroked a double to right. Harper scored on Sweat’s groundout.
The Lady Redskins scored twice in the top of the seventh for a 3-2 lead on a two-out, two-run double.