Brookland-Cayce opened Region 5-3A baseball play with a 6-3 road win over South Aiken and Thoroughbreds pitching ace Tucker Hawley. The defending region and Class 3A state champion Bearcats are off to a 4-start.
“Anytime you can win on the road in a hostile environment against the other team’s best pitcher, it’s good,” said Bearcats coach Brian Hucks. “I’m very pleased with the way we’ve competed early in the season. We knew we’d need some time to get the bats going with all the new guys we have in the lineup, but we’re getting by on good pitching and good defense.”
The defense hit a little bump at South Aiken, with two errors leading to all three Thoroughbreds runs against B-C ace James Hall, who went six innings to pick up the win and improve to 2-0. Hall allowed only three hits, struck out right and walked two. Sophomore Michael Gilroy got into trouble in the seventh inning, but got a strikeout to end the game with two SA runners on base to pick up the save.
Kenyatta Castleberry, Foster Stephens and Chase Shelton all went 2-for-3 and Zack Warner went 2-for-4 to pace the B-C attack. Castleberry scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the sixth on an errant SA throw as he attempted to take third base on a pitch in the dirt. Shelton had a double, one RBI and scored three runs. Lead-off man Stephens scored twice. Hall chipped in with a run-scoring double and Warner finished with two RBIs.
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The Bearcats return to region play Friday at home against Swansea.