Pierce County Middle School notched three Southeast Georgia Middle School Athletic Conference wins against Waycross Middle School, Bacon County Middle School and Brantley County Middle School in the last week of the regular season.
PCMS (8-5), which had lost two straight, scored the final 13 runs in a 16-6 five-inning “mercy rule” win at home Monday, March 14 against the Bulldogs for the season sweep. The Bears posted an 18-0 victory in the first meeting back on February 17.
Pierce Middle followed a day later with a 10-4 five-inning victory over the Red Raiders in a game halted by rain. Bacon Middle won the first meeting in Bearville 9-6 back on February 24.
The Bears evened the season series with the Herons winning 15-5. Brantley Middle posted a 3-2 home win back on February 28.
Waycross Middle 6
A four-run third inning gave Pierce Middle the lead for good en route to beating the visiting Bulldogs.
Waycross Middle led 6-3 after two innings before the Bears took control. The Bulldogs scored twice in their first at bat and four times in their second against Gavin Schreiber (2.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 6 K, 4 BB).
The Bears responded with a three-run rally in the bottom of the first. Beau Aspinwall (1-for-4) lined a leadoff single and raced home from first on Braxton McCook’s (3-for-4) bloop single to right.
McCook, who took second on the relay throw, scored on Drake Dowling’s (2-for-3) one-out single to tie the score. Dowling moved to second on a groundout, stole third and scored on a passed ball for a 3-2 lead.
PCMS dented the plate four times in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good a 7-6. Dowling’s one-out, run-scoring single followed Emmitt Hall (1-for-3) reaching on a two-base error. Dowling scored from first when Dalton Weathersby’s (1-for-3) single was booted in the outfield.
Weathersby, who took second on the miscue and moved to third on a passed ball, tied the game at 6-all scoring when Colt Hickox (1-for-3) reached on a dropped third strike. Courtesy runner Garrison Joyner stole second and scored the go-ahead run on an error of a pop fly by Thomas.
The Bears added three runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 10-6. Hall’s run-scoring single drove home McCook. Hall scored on Weathersby’s fielder’s choice grounder. Weathersby came around to score on a two-out single by Chance Williams (1-for-3).
Pierce Middle ended the game in the bottom of the fifth scoring six times after two outs. PCMS scored twice on one error, a third run on another error, two runs on wild pitches with the game ending on a fourth error.
Bacon Middle 4
The visiting Bears broke open a one-run game scoring eight times in the fourth inning to beat Bacon Middle.
PCMS led just 2-1 after three innings. The Bears sent 13 batters to the plate in the decisive inning recording six hits and drawing three walks.
Free passes to Hickox and Graham Thomas (2-for-2) sandwiched a single by Williams (1-for-2) loading the bases with nobody out. Schreiber’s ensuing sacrifice bunt scored Hickox with Williams racing home on a throwing error for a 4-1 lead.
After Aspinwall (1-for-3) reached on an infield hit to re-load the bases, a wild pitch plated Thomas. McCook (1-for-3) followed with an infield hit plating Schreiber. Aspinwall scored on a wild pitch ahead of Hall’s (2-for-3) run-scoring double scoring McCook upping the lead to 8-1.
Dowling (1-for-3) singled putting runners on the corners with courtesy runner Parker White stealing second. Hall scored on a passed ball with White racing home on a dropped third strike.
PCMS scored single runs in its first two at bats. Aspinwall, who led off the game with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on McCook’s sacrifice fly.
Williams reached on an error to start the second stole second, moved to third on a Thomas infield hit, and scored on Schreiber’s bloop single to left.
Bacon Middle scored in the bottom of the second to cut the deficit to 2-1 against McCook (3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 3 BB, 3 HBP, 1 HBP).
Down 10-1, the Red Raiders scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and two in the fifth with Dowling (2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 3 BB, 4 WP, 1 HBP) on the mound.
Brantley Middle 5
Weathersby and Hall combined to hurl PCMS’s third no-hitter of the season in a “mercy rule’ decision the Herons.
Pierce Middle pulled away from a 1-all tie scoring 14 times from the third inning thru the sixth with plating three runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings and adding a five-run fifth.
The Herons struck for a run in the first for the early 1-0 lead against Weathersby (4 IP, 0 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 4 BB, 1 WP). They scored four times in the fifth to cut a 7-1 deficit to 7-5.
PCMS evened the score at 1-apiece when Hall (2-for-3) was hit by a Hayden Hickox (3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP) two-out pitch. After moving up on a wild pitch, Hall raced home on Dowling’s (2-for-4) double to left-center.
The Bears scored three runs in the third to open up a 4-1 lead. Aspinwall (3-for-4) lined a leadoff single, stole second and moved to third on McCook’s (3-for-4) single to center.
Hall’s ensuing grounder scored Aspinwall for a 2-1 lead. McCook scored on Dowling’s fielder’s choice groundout. Weathersby (3-for-4) kept the inning alive with a two-out single with Williams (2-for-3) following one pitch later with a single. Each took an extra base on the play and followed with a double steal with Weathersby swiping home.
PCMS pushed the lead to 7-1 in the home half of the fourth with a second straight three-run rally. McCook drew a one-out walk and raced to third on Hall’s single. Weathersby’s two-out single plated McCook. Williams followed with a two-run single on the eighth pitch of the at bat.
The Herons scored four times in the top of the fifth without the benefit of a hit to get to within 7-5.
Pierce Middle responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to extend the lead out to 12-5. An error on a ball hit by McCook allowed the first run of the inning.
Dowling’s run-scoring double was followed by a two-run triple by Weathersby one pitch later. Weathersby was balked home with the last run of the inning.
The Bears scored three times in the sixth to end the game. Parker White (2-for-4) greeted BCMS reliever Clark Carter with a single. White beat the relay throw home on Aspinwall’s double. McCook followed with a first-pitch, run-scoring double with Hall’s RBI single ending the game.