High School Sports

B-C vs. South Aiken still on for tonight

Brookland-Cayce baseball baseball coach Brian Hucks said tonight’s key Region 5-3A game against South Aiken at The Back 40 will be played if at all possible.

“Our field is wet, but it looks like the rain is going to be moving out, so we’ll do everything in our power to get the game in tonight,” said Hucks. “We’re running out of dates with the spring break and the end of the regular coming up in the next two weeks.”

Both B-C and South Aiken have open dates on Friday, but that is not an option for the Bearcats.

“Friday night is our prom, and that’s is an untouchable date,” said Hucks.

The Bearcats dropped a 3-0 decision to Swansea at home on Tuesday, while South Aiken handed Dreher its first region setback. Dreher currently has a 5-1 region record, with South Aiken on game back at 4-2 and B-C and Airport a game and a half off the pace at 3-2.

“Our pitching has been great, better than I expected, but we're showing our inexperience at the plate,” said Hucks. “We’re just not getting the timely hits when we have scoring opportunities. We’ll get better, but we’re struggling with the bats right now.”

B-C’s other region loss was a 1-0 setback vs. Dreher.

The Bearcats pitching staff has been outstanding this spring. The team ERA is 1.45, the opponent’s batting average is .181 and the strikeout-to-walk ration is 9:1.Alex Nettles is 3-0 and has yet to allow an earned run in 16 innings of work. Senior ace James Hall is 2-1 with a 0.70 ERA, a .161 OBA and 36 strikeouts and just three walks in 20 innings on the hill. Michael Gilroy is 2-0 with two saves, a 0.82 ERA, a .169 OBA and 18 whiffs and one walk in 17 innings. The hard luck man is Jeremy Brazzell, who is 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA.

Offensively, the Bearcats are hitting only .263 as a team. The only regulars batting above .300 are Foster Stephens and Zach Warner. Stephens is hitting .441 in the leadoff spot with 12 runs scored, and 10 steals. Warner is at .333 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Kenyatta Castlebery and Hall share the team lead with seven RBIs apiece.