Pierce County Middle School kept its Southeast Georgia Middle School Athletic Conference championship hopes alive beating Brantley County Middle School last week.
The second-seed Bears beat the visiting seventh-seed Herons 9-2 during Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchup.
Saturday’s semifinals and finals were postponed due to inclimate weather. PCMS was scheduled to play third-seed Bacon County Middle School Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Bears 9 - Brantley Middle 2
The Bears struck for three runs in the first inning and built an 8-0 advantage through three innings en route to the victory.
PCMS banged out four hits during the three-run first. Avery Jernigan hit into a fielder’s choice scoring Todd Carter (2-for-4, three RBIs), who led off the inning with a single. Gage Pippen (2-for-4) followed with a run-scoring double and Andrew Walsh (2-for-4) added a run-scoring single for the quick 3-0 lead.
The Bears plated a run in the second with Jernigan’s groundout scoring Carter, who reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced around the bases on an error.
Pierce Middle broke the game open with a four-run third. Three consecutive one-out walks to Dawson Yarbrough, Jaden Crews (1-for-3) and Spencer Hughes loaded the bases. Following the second out, Carter laced a bases clearing triple that eluded the diving effort of the Brantley Middle centerfielder. Austin Jernigan (2-for-3) lined a run-scoring single two pitches later for an 8-0 lead.
The Herons scored their first run in the fourth against Walsh (4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 0 BB) to cut the deficit to 8-1. PCMS got the run back in the sixth to extend the lead back to eight runs.
Brantley Middle’s final run came in the seventh against Luke Echols (3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB), who got the save.