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No. 2 Spartans top BA Gators
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Senior third baseman Bailey Smith gets ready to field a grounder in the second inning as Bulloch battled Edmund Burke Academy on Tuesday. - photo by RAHN HUTCHESON/Special to the Herald

    Edmund Burke Academy scored six runs in the third inning to spoil Bulloch Academy’s Senior Day and take a 10-2 victory Tuesday afternoon.
    The Spartans, ranked second in GISA Class AA, got good pitching from starter Lane Clark and reliever Adam Johnson and timely defense in the victory.
    “We put the ball in play hard numerous times but it was just right at people,” said BA head coach Chris Bishop. “They are pretty good. Their first four hitters are as good as any we have faced all year.”
    EBA (12-4) scored two in the second, six in the third and two in the fifth for the win. The Spartans touched three Gator pitchers for eight hits, including a two-run homer by Hagan Wade. Wade, Jon Jon Evans and Aaron Boland had two hits each for the visitors.
    BA sophomores Will Marsh, Ian Hodges and Judson Brannen alternated on the hill, hurling their best stuff at the Spartans.
    “I was greatly satisfied with the job that they did,” said Bishop. “We asked them to do some things that they haven’t done much of. For the most part, they were very successful.”
    Bulloch (12-5) scored single runs in the third and fifth innings and left men on base several times.
    Senior Bailey Smith scored both of Bulloch’s runs. In the third, he singled to right field and stole second. He advanced to third on a put out and scored on junior Hobby Mills’ infield hit. In the fifth, he walked, advanced to second when classmate Harrison Averitt was hit by a pitch, took third on sophomore Joshua Bishop’s single to left and scored when senior Loy Waters singled to right. Mills led Bulloch with two hits.   
    The Gators may have been looking ahead to today’s Region 4-AAA championship game in Bellville. Bulloch squares off against Pinewood in a one-game playoff game for the region title. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
    “I have tried to get them to understand the importance of what they have already done in forcing the playoff game,” said Bishop. “Now we are playing for the region title and I want them to play hard. If we do that, we will have the opportunity to get a win and be region champions.”
    Prior to Tuesday’s game, Bulloch Academy seniors Smith, Averitt, Waters, Mathew Blitch, Jarret Humphries, Will Lawson and Forrest Spence were honored.
“I have seen a lot of really good kids in the past 15 years of coaching baseball,” said Bishop, “but I can say that I have had no better young men. For them to have been as successful as they have with a new coach coming in, it speaks volumes for them.”