Red Raiders split region games with Toombs, Metter

Tucker Bennett recieves the call from the coaches.

Bacon County split two Region 2-AA home games last week beating Toombs County before losing to Metter.

The Red Raiders (4-11 overall, 3-6 region) held on for a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs last Tuesday as Tyler Taylor (7 IP,

5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, 2 BB) recorded his first win of the season.

“We got what we needed to win a one-run game against one of the better teams in the region,” head coach Derek

James said. “We got great pitching, great defense and timely hits. Tyler did a great job with the complete game on

the mound, and Josh (Holton) gave us a big two-out hit when we needed it. Our defense also did a great job.”

BCHS was blanked 2-0 by Metter on Friday ruining a complete game performance by Aaron Lawson (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2

ER, 5 K, 1 BB).

“Aaron did a great job on the mound,” said James. “He did everything he could to help us get a win. We just did

not swing the bats well enough to win this one. You got to give their lefty a lot of credit. He had us off balance for

five innings. We had our chances in the sixth and the seventh innings.”

The Red Raiders will have a busy schedule this week that will test the depth of the pitching staff during a four-

game week including three in region play.

Bacon County will host Atkinson County today (Tuesday) at 6 p.m., travel to non-region foe Montgomery County

on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m., matchup, return home on Friday to face McIntosh County at 6 p.m., and close out

the week at Bryan County on Saturday. No game time has been released for the makeup game with the Redskins.

BCHS 2, Toombs County 1

Taylor (1-2) pitched six innings of shutout ball to get his first win of the season.

Bacon County scored single runs in the first and fourth innings and played error-free defense for the first time all

season.

Aaron Lawson got things started drawing a four-pitch walk leading off the first. Following consecutive strikeouts,

Holton (1-for-2) followed a Lawson stolen base with a soft run-scoring single to right for a 1-0 lead.

After leading the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, the Red Raiders pushed across their final run of the game

in the fourth. Chase Cothern’s ground ball to second leading off the inning was booted. Dalton Spires followed with

a four-pitch walk with both moving into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Following the first out of the inning, Will Newberry’s grounder to third was misplayed allowing Cothern to score

Bacon County’s final run of the day. Toombs County got out of the first and third situation with a double play off a

liner to first.

The Red Raiders left two more runners stranded in the fifth.

Taylor, who threw 97 pitches, was cruising along. Following a leadoff single in the first, Taylor retired 16 of the next

17 batters into the sixth inning.

Toombs County made things interesting in the seventh. A leadoff single, stolen base and run-scoring single sliced

the deficit in half to 2-1. The Bulldogs eventually got the tying run to third with two outs. Taylor got a routine

grounder to second to end the game.

Metter 2, BCHS 0

The visiting Tigers completed the season sweep scoring runs in the second and sixth inning to spoil Lawson’s (2-3)

route going performance.

Metter won the first meeting 6-1 on March 8.

The Red Raiders threatened in the first inning. Lawson (1-for-2) led off the frame with a single, but was left stranded

at third.

Metter plated a run in the second as the first three batters reached via singles before Lawson was able to get out of

the inning. He stranded runners on first and third in the fourth inning.

Holton (2-for-4) started the fourth inning with a single and Taylor (1-for-3) laced a two-out single, but both were left

stranded.

The Tigers pushed across their other run in the sixth inning for a 2-0 advantage. A leadoff single, sacrifice bunt,

balk and passed ball allowed the base runner to move around the bases.

Bacon County got its first two batters on in the sixth. Jacob Carver was hit by a pitch and Holton singled before a

fielder’s choice and consecutive strikeouts ended the rally.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Taylor was hit by a pitch to start the seventh and was left stranded.