The Bacon County Red Raiders, who entered the 2016 season ranked No. 9 by MaxPreps in Class AA, dropped two of three games last week with both losses to Class AAAAA competition.
BCHS (3-2) turned back Atkinson County 13-1 Thursday afternoon to complete the season sweep of the Rebels. Bacon County won the first meeting 15-0.
The Red Raiders participated in the Glynn Academy “Baseball at the Beach” invitational tournament over the weekend falling 8-1 Friday night to Ware County and 9-5 Saturday to host Glynn Academy.
BCHS has three games on the schedule this week traveling to Treutlen today (Tuesday) and Thursday to Montgomery County. The Red Raiders will host Montgomery County Friday at 6 p.m.
Bacon County’s junior varsity improved to 2-0 with a 17-3 rout Monday, February 22, of visiting Charlton County. BCHS travels Wednesday to Atkinson County to play at 4:30 p.m.
Red Raiders 13
Atkinson County 1
BCHS scored in every inning in knocking off the homestanding Rebels.
The Red Raiders scored single runs in each of the first two innings, plated two runs in each of the next three innings, and put the game away with a five-run sixth.
Jacob Carver, making his first start of the year, tossed five innings of one-hit ball to get the win. He allowed a first inning run before working four scoreless innings. Carver fanned seven, walked three and hit a batter. Aubrey Carter fanned the side during in his only inning of work.
BCHS only had six hits, but took advantage of nine errors committed by Atco and seven walks issued.
Dalton Spires was the only Red Raider to register more than one hit finishing with two hits and two RBI. Jacob Holton, Anascio Washington, Peyton Nobles and Lane Foster (two RBI) collected a hit apiece.
Bacon County scored its first run of the game on a fielding error. The Rebels tied the score at 1-apiece in the bottom half of the inning.
BCHS took the lead for good with a run in the second on a passed ball. A two-base error in the third plated two runs for a 4-1 lead. Two more runs crossed the plate in the fourth on a fielder’s choice.
Spires’ sacrifice fly in the fifth extended the advantage to 7-1 and a steal of home by Carter upped the margin to 8-1.
BCHS put the game away in the sixth with a five-run uprising. The first two runs scored off an error, Foster stroked a two-run single, and Spires capped the frame with a run-scoring single.
Ware County 8
Red Raiders 1
Ware County plated four runs in the fourth inning to overcome a 1-0 deficit en route to the victory.
The Red Raiders struck first in the opening inning on an RBI single by Dawson Dyal (1-for-3) to center. Spires (1-for-3) led off the inning with a base hit. Ware committed a two-base error later in the inning setting the run-scoring hit.
Ware County finally knocked Spires (3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 9 K, 2 BB, 3 HBP, 1 WP) from the mound during the four-run fourth inning. Carter (3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP) came on in relief.
The Gators tacked on a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Klein Nipper (1-for-3) had Bacon’s last hit, a one-out single in the third, as three Ware pitchers combined on a three-hitter.
Glynn Academy 9
Red Raiders 5
Tournament host Glynn Academy scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 3-all tie in beating the Red Raiders.
BCHS had overcome a 3-0 deficit scoring three times in the fourth to tie the game at 3-apiece.
The Red Terrors scored single runs in each of the first three innings against Tyler Altman (5.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 7 K, 0 BB). BCHS used a two-out, nobody on rally in the fourth.
Caver drew a four-pitch walk to start the rally. Altman reached when the Glynn Academy catcher dropped a swinging third strike. Nobles (1-for-3) laced a two-run double to close the gap to 3-2. An error by the catcher on a throw to third on a stolen base attempt by Nobles went awry allowing him to trot home with the tying run.
The Red Terrors strung together five hits and took advantage of a hit batter and an error to plate six runs in the bottom of the sixth to open up a 9-3 lead against Altman and Nipper (.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HBP).
In the seventh with two outs and nobody on, Spires (1-for-4) reached on a two-base error by the Glynn Academy left fielder. Holton (1-for-4) stroked a run-scoring double, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
Dyal led BCHS at the plate with two hits. Nipper suppled another hit.
Red Raiders JV 17
Charlton County 3
Cooper Brown collected four hits, including a double, and drove in five runs leading the BCHS junior varsity past visiting Charlton County.
The Red Raiders were protecting a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the third. A five-run uprising broke the game open with an eight-run fourth putting the game away.
Alex Turner worked 3.2 innings to get the win. He allowed six hits and all three runs scored by the Indians. Turner fanned four, walked three, hit a batter and uncorked two wild pitches. Lane Nipper finished up with 1.1 innings of work. He recorded two strikeouts and walked three.
Wes Livingston (RBI), Cole Andreoli (double, three RBIs), Jacob Smith and Cy Taylor (RBI) followed Brown’s lead with two hits apiece in the 16-hit attack. Garrett Anderson (two RBI), Adam Newberry (double, RBI), Jake Elrod and Turner (triple, two RBI) contributed a hit apiece.
Newberry’s RBI single in the first tied the score at 1-apiece. Livingston’s RBI double gave the Red Raiders the lead for good at 2-1. Following a steal of home by Livingston, Brown stroked a run-scoring single for a 4-1 lead.
Holding on to a 4-2 lead heading to the bottom of the third, BCHS broke the game open with a five-run rally. Brown’s run-scoring single started the scoring. Turner’s two-run triple pushed the lead out to 7-2. An error allowed the fourth run of the inning to score with Andreoli capping the rally with a run-scoring single for a 9-2 lead.
The Red Raiders came right back in the bottom of the fourth to score eight more times. Taylor had a run-scoring single, Anderson stroked a two-run single, Andreoli provided a two-run double and Brown ended the rally with a three-run double.