Bulloch Academy senior Taylor Burke struck out 16 batters as the Gators downed Curtis Baptist 10-1 Tuesday in their GISA Region 2-AA opener.
The lefty, who has signed a scholarship to play baseball at Georgia Southern University next year, walked four and allowed just four hits in the contest.
Bulloch (2-2 overall and 1-0 in region play) broke open a tight 2-1 contest with three runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Junior Walker Blitch gave the Gators their first run, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the second.
Senior Brian Atkinson led the BA offense, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Junior Win Lee was 1-for-2 with an RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Sophomore Clayton Rogers was 1-for-2 with two walks and one run scored.
Bulloch Academy hosts region foe Memorial Day School Friday. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.
BA JV falls behind, comes back
The members of the Bulloch Academy junior varsity baseball team put on their rally caps Tuesday against Curtis Baptist.
The Gators came back from an early 5-0 deficit to claim a 14-5 victory over the Augusta school. Leading hitters for Bulloch (3-2) were Smith Reeves and Will Marsh, who had two singles each. Both Zach Sapp and Andrew Howell pounded doubles. Mitchell Ball was the winning pitcher.
Bulloch travels to Stillmore Friday for a doubleheader with David Emanuel Academy.
MHS tennis stays unbeaten
METTER - The Metter Lady Tigers defeated Toombs County by a score of 4-1 in tennis to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Alex Hendricks and Mary Bennett won at singles and Faith Coleman and Ansley Bird and Beka Lee and Abbey Lanier won at doubles.
Lesley Trapnell and Mary Grace Smith also won an exhibition match against Toombs.
SHS wins Area meet
The Statesboro Blue Devils lifted their way to a first-place finish as they hosted 13 teams in the GACA Area Weight Meet Friday for state qualifying.
The Devils placed first as a team, while Vidalia came in second and Screven County placed third.
State qualifiers were Bradley Malloy (SHS, under-140 first place), David McCullogh (Emanuel County Institute, 141-150 third place), Edward Burns (SCHS, 161-170 first place), Chris Gordon (ECI, 161-170 third place), Rod Murphy (SHS, 171-180 first place), Aaron Lester (SHS, 171-180 second place), Jarquis Williams (SHS, 181-190 second place), Tyrone Johnson (ECI, 191-205 third place), Justin Jackson (SCHS, 206-225 second place), Brandon Williams (SHS, 206-225 third place), Anthony Lewis (Claxton, 246-up first place) and Herman Lee (SHS, 256-up second place.
Other top finishers for the Devils were Larry Huff, Ben Taylor, Chris Young, Shaq Johnson and William Golden.
The state meet for all classifications takes place Saturday at Hawkinsville.
Area MS track stars shine
Area first-place winners in the William James Invitational Saturday at Statesboro High School girls' meet were: Shot - Shaniqua Buie, WJMS; High Jump - Philicia Batton, SEBMS; Long Jump - Jasmine Roberts, SEBMS; Triple Jump - Alexus Tremble WJMS; 100m dash - J. Williams, LCMS; 200m dash - Jasmine Roberts, SEBMS; 1600m run - Cheyenne Pieron, SEMS (South Effingham Middle School); 400m run - Oklafor, LCMS; 4x100m relay - WJMS #1 (Tremble, Teetee Murray, Katie Lee, Alexis Hunter); 4x400m relay - OHM #1 (Oak Hill Middle School).
Other first-place winners in the boys' meet were: 3200m - Darrell David, EBMS (Ebenezer Middle School); Discus - Justin Odum, SEBMS; Shot - Marshall Duke, SEBMS; High Jump - Jamieco Howard, WJMS; Long Jump - Antonio McMillan, SEBMS; Triple Jump - Jeremiah Mercer, SEMS; 1600m run - Daniel Murphy, WJMS; 400m run - Quaqua Smith, WJMS; 100m dash - Donyah Hardaway, WJMS; 100m hurdles -Howard, WJMS; 800m run -Murphy, WJMS; 200m dash -Smith, WJMS; 4x100m relay - WJMS #1 (Smith, Murphy, Hardaway, Howard); 4x400m relay - WJMS #1 (Murphy, Smith, Jacob Schofill, Nigel Carter).
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