2011-04-20 / Sports

Bears earn No. 1 seed in tourney

By Anne Marie Kyzer annemariek@thetruecitizen.com

The Bears celebrated senior night last Friday by sealing the deal as No. 1 seed in the south sub-region of 3-AAA.

Burke County High School’s baseball team (9-1, 16- 5) defeated Washington County 3-2 last Tuesday and Butler 13-3 three days later to finish off regular season play. The wins gave them a onegame advantage over Cross Creek (8-2) for the No. 1 seed as they enter the region playoffs.

Burke County head coach Sean Tiernan praised his team for a job well done.

“ We started a little slow swinging the bats against Washington County but we started getting in more of a rhythm at the plate,” he said. “I think we took a better approach as the week went on and we were much more aggressive swinging the bats. Our pitching did a good job this week keeping us in the ball game and allowing us to play more confidently.”

Coach Tiernan said the team will continue to depend on hot bats and savvy pitching as they enter the first round of region.


Above, senior Evan Holder makes the play to keep a Butler Bulldog from scoring. He and fellow senior Logan Larmour were honored before last Friday night’s game. At left, Jay Dye hits the dirt to score the Bears’ first run in the 13-3 victory over Butler. Above, senior Evan Holder makes the play to keep a Butler Bulldog from scoring. He and fellow senior Logan Larmour were honored before last Friday night’s game. At left, Jay Dye hits the dirt to score the Bears’ first run in the 13-3 victory over Butler. “We have to go into this first round of the playoffs with a good approach at the plate and be aggressive early in the count,” he said. ”Pitchers need to get ahead of the hitters and keep us in the ball game. If we can put our hitting, pitching and solid defense all together I think we should be fine, but at this point of the season nothing is guaranteed and everyone can play.”

In a non-region game last Wednesday, the Bears also defeated Glascock County 15-3.

REGION PLAYOFF ACTION

Burke County hosted Grovetown, No. 4 seed from the north subregion of 3-AAA, Tuesday for a double-header. Results were not available at press time. A third game, if needed will be played today (Wednesday).

The winner of the series will play Saturday against the winner of the Harlem vs. WACO series. Harlem is the No. 2 seed from the north sub-region and WACO is No. 3 seed from the south.

On the other side of the bracket, Thomson (No. 1 seed from the north sub-region) is playing Hephzibah (No. 4 seed from south) this week and Cross Creek is playing Westside. Those winners will also face off Saturday.

The region championship game will be played next Thursday between Saturday’s winners.

LAST WEEK’S LEADERS At the Plate Corey Mayton: 5 for 9, with a double, a triple, 9 runs and 6 steals Sheldin Middleton: 10 for 14, with 2 doubles, 7 RBIs and 8 runs Bobby Gay: 7 for 14, with a double, a triple, 6 RBIs and 8 runs Jay Dye: 6 for 12, with 2 doubles and 8 RBIs On the Mound Justin Thigpen: Winning pitcher vs. WACO; 2 runs, 1 earned run, 7 strikeouts and no walks in 7 innings pitched (Record: 7-0) Bobby Gay: Winning pitcher vs. Glascock County; 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 strikeouts and 3 walks in 5 innings pitched (Record: 3-0-3) CJ Tidwell: Winning pitcher vs. Butler; 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, 6 walks in 5 innings pitched (Record: 3-0)

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