Bacon County’s opening week of the 2014 baseball season ended on a high note with a win in the finale.

After falling twice to neighboring Appling County, the favorite to capture the Region 1-AAA crown, the Red Raiders held off Montgomery County on Saturday for that initial win of the season.

“It was good to get the first win in front of a good crowd,” said head coach Derek James of the 4-3 victory.

BCHS opened the season with a 6-0 loss to the Pirates in Baxley last Monday. The Red Raiders, who managed just two hits and fanned 16 times, were in a scoreless battle until the bottom of the fifth.

“Our pitchers gave us a chance with the game tied going to the bottom of the fifth,” James said. “In order to beat someone as good as Appling County, you have to have a good night at the plate and we just did not have one.”

The rematch on Wednesday at home was even closer. A four-run seventh inning lifted the Pirates to a 5-1 win. Again, Bacon County had only two hits and went down on strikes 16 times.

“Jacob (Carver) gave us a great effort on the mound,” said James, “and he deserved to get a win for that effort. We just were not able to get anything going offensively.

“Our strikeout totals have got to decrease in order to give our pitchers a chance in each game.”

Bacon County answered Montgomery County’s three-run third with a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning to get the one-run decision on Saturday.

Bacon County goes to Ocilla today (Tuesday) for a jayvee-varsity doubleheader against Irwin County beginning at 4 p.m. The jayvee will play again on Wednesday at Atkinson County with a 4 p.m., first pitch.

For the complete story, see this week's Times.