BELLVILLE – One was enough.
Pinewood scored one run in the fourth inning and made it stick with good pitching from Joseph Kennedy and even better defense to take a dramatic 1-0 win over Bulloch Academy in the GISA Region 4-AAA championship game.
“It was a great game,” said BA head coach Chris Bishop. “It was a tough loss though.”
Bulloch Academy left 10 men on base and committed four errors in a game that just got away.
“There were just a lot of opportunities missed,” said Bishop. “Pinewood played well in the outfield. In the bottom of the seventh, Bailey (Smith) was on second and Hobby (Mills) ripped a shot to left and their left fielder made a diving catch to end the game. We played hard but it wasn’t meant to be.”
BA pitcher Joshua Bishop allowed just two hits but both came in the fourth inning.
“Joshua was throwing well,” said Bishop. “We were playing out of position and they hit a blooper into left field then followed it up with a single up the middle to score the run.”
Bulloch had three hits in the game, one each by Mills, Loy Waters and Forrest Spence and also had some great defensive plays in the infield and outfield.
The Gators claim the region runner-up spot and will be the second seed in the first round of the playoffs, which will be held May 10-11. Bulloch will host Mount de Sales in a best two-out-of-three series.
Game One will be May 10 at 1 p.m. with Game Two to follow. Game Three, if necessary, will be played on Saturday.
Bulloch hosts Frederica Academy Thursday.
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