PCMS baseball championship hopes survive with win over Brantley County #1 3-30-16

Andrew Walsh delivers a second-inning pitch during Wednesday’s playoff tilt with Brantley County Middle School.

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.

PCMS baseball championship hopes survive with win over Brantley County #2 3-30-16

Luke Echols makes a diving shoestring catch of a soft liner out to centerfield during the second inning of Wednesday’s playoff game.

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.