Brookland-Cayce breezed by St. James in a Class 3A Lower State baseball elimination game on Wednesday to rate another game against Region 5 rival South Aiken.
The Bearcats (25-6) travel to Aiken on Friday (6 p.m.) for the Lower State final round needing two games to advance to the state championship series for the second time in the past three seasons. The teams split two games during the conference, but the Thoroughbreds dumped B-C into the LS loser’s bracket with a 5-3 win Monday on the Bearcats turf.
“South Aiken is a very good team that struggled a little bit during the region season, but I’m not surprised at all that they are where they are,” said B-C manager Brian Hucks.
“They were ranked No. 1 at one point in the season and are a very talented club. But we’ve still got a chance and that’s all we can ask right now.”
The Bearcats scored in every inning of last night’s five-inning, elimination game win. Eight of the nine hitters in the starting lineup had at least one hit and Garrett Williams, the only Bearcat without a safety, chipped in with a perfect squeeze bunt.
Kenyata Castleberry and Zack Warner paced the 10-hit attack. Castleberry went 2-for-3, drew a walk and scored three runs. Warner went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs. Addison Delk finished with three RBIs, and Chase Shelton drove in two more.
John Long went the distance for the mound decision, allowing just four hits.
Hucks said left-hander Shelton will get the starting assignment on Friday, but the plan for Game 2, if necessary, is up in the air. Lefty Michael Gilroy, who left Monday’s game against South Aiken with a shoulder problem, probably won’t be available for extended duty.