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Glynn gets the best of Blue Devils
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Statesboro High shortstop Davis Wiggins loses the handle while Glynn Academy's Randon Jernigan slides safely into second during the sixth inning of Wednesday's game at Mill Creek Regional Park. Glynn Academy proved to be too much for the Devils as the Red Terrors claimed an 8-0 victory.

The home schedule came to a close Wednesday night for the Statesboro baseball team. Senior night saw the Blue Devils put up a fight defensively for a while, but in the end the game finished the way many other games have this season, with the Blue Devils on the wrong end of an 8-0 loss.

“I was proud of the way senior Ashton Bradley handled himself on the mound tonight,” said Statesboro coach Jim Simmons. “He did a great job of getting out of trouble several times tonight. We didn’t hit the way we needed to, but I felt like we were pretty solid defensively.”

The Blue Devils managed only three hits the entire game off of Glynn Academy pitcher Bo Pierce, who struck out nine Blue Devils, and walked only one.

The Blue Devils started the game a little shaky Randon Jernigan bunted for a hit, stole second, and then a fielders choice put runners on the corners. Back to back hit batsmen forced the first run home and it was 1-0 Glynn Academy.

J.D Kaiser hit a one out double to the fence in left in the bottom of the first, but was stranded there as the Blue Devils failed to capitalize.

The Red Terrors added a run in the top of the second. With two on Will Bowdin hit an RBI single to center to make it 2-0. With two on Bradley worked his way out of a jam getting Hunter Hall to strikeout to end the inning.

Glynn Academy added a run in the fifth off an RBI single to left by Hill Hartman. In the sixth the Red Terrors added another on a Paul Hegeman RBI single to center, to make it 4-0.

The wheels came off for the Blue Devils in the top of the seventh. Bowdin hit an RBI single to center, followed by an RBI double by Hegeman to make it 6-0. Hall followed up with an RBI single to left, and a Blue Devil error accounted for the final run of the game, and an 8-0 loss.

“I wish we could have sent these seniors off with a win, but that’s the way it went tonight,” Simmons said. “Hopefully we can scratch a win out Friday at Glynn Academy, as that would be a good way to enter the state playoffs.”

“We have a tough task ahead traveling to Veterans to open the state playoffs next Thursday,” Simmons said. “We are trying to get some information on the Warhawks between now and then.”

Statesboro falls to 6-22 (5-7) on the season, and ends the regular season Friday at Glynn Academy. From there they travel to No.1 seed Veterans next Thursday for the start of the Class AAAAA playoffs.