Fifth-ranked Pierce County split in Region 1-AAA West baseball action last week with a loss to Appling County and a victory over Tattnall County.
PCHS (14-4 overall, 4-2 sub-region) dropped a 4-1 decision at home to Appling County last Monday, March 28. The game was originally scheduled for the previous Friday before inclimate weather forced the postponement.
The Bears bounced back a day later to beat visiting Tattnall County 6-1 to complete the season sweep. Pierce won the first meeting 8-3 in Reidsville back on March 11.
Friday’s matchup with Brantley County was rained out and was made up Monday, April 4. The Herons won the first meeting 9-8 at Caney Bay ending a 20-game losing streak in the series.
PCHS traveled Tuesday to Dodge County and will close out the regular season home schedule Friday night when Toombs County comes to town.
The regular season will conclude next Tuesday when Pierce visits Appling County.
Appling County 4 - No. 5 Bears 1
The Pirates scored all the runs they would need with a two-run second inning in a matchup of the top two teams in the sub-division.
Seth Horton (7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 4 K, 2 BB, 2 HBP) was the tough-luck loser for the Bears with his complete game performance. PCHS managed just four hits against Appling County’s Mason Parker and scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Pirates plated their two runs on a two-out, two-run double after the inning was extended with an error. The two runs in the sixth by Appling County also came with two outs when another error extended the inning.
PCHS averted the shutout in the bottom half of the inning. Ben Tuten (1-for-3) legged out a one-out infield hit. Walker Sinclair (2-for-2) followed with a two-out double.
Pierce County’s other hit came with a leaoff single by Stetson Bennett (1-for-4) in the first.
No. 5 Bears 6 - Tattnall County 1
Cody Williams followed Horton’s complete game performance with one of his own tossing a one-hitter against the Warriors.
Williams fanned 10 batters and walked two. The only hit by Tattnall County came with one out in the first. He retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced.
Pierce scored all the runs Williams would need in the first. Bennett drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on Williams (1-for-4) single to center. Tuten (3-for-4) followed with a first-pitch single to left with Williams racing to third.
A passed ball scored Williams for a 2-0 lead. Sinclair (3-for-3) drove in the final run of the inning with a two-out single to left.
A sacrifice fly in the fourth plated Tattnall County’s lone run cutting the deficit to 3-1.
The Bears scored a pair of runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-1. Logan Paul (2-for-4) led off the inning with a single to left with Tuten beating out an infield hit. Following the second out, Sinclair and Luke Revels (1-for-2) stroked consecutive run-scoring singles.
In the sixth, Bennett drew a leadoff walk, stole second with two outs and scored on Tuten’s single to left.