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Southeast Bulloch struggles in opener

    BROOKLET — Southeast Bulloch’s baseball season got off to a bit of a shaky start as a few untimely errors proved to be the difference in a 7-3 Savannah Christian victory Wednesday night.
    The Yellow Jackets (0-1) kept pace with the Class A power Raiders (1-0) throughout the night, but Savannah Christian added to a one-run lead with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning to put SEB away.
    “We don’t want to get down on ourselves”, Yellow Jacket coach Brandon Peterson said. “We made a few mistakes that hurt us, but there were plenty of good spots for us as well.”
    Southeast Bulloch was just off the mark from the beginning as Yellow Jacket starter Ryan Adams hit Savannah Christian’s Bryce Evans to lead off the season.
    Evans stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Will Hodges reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Evans to score, then swiped both second and third before scoring on an error to make it 2-0 through the first half inning.
    Keagan Carter helped to cut the SEB deficit in half in the bottom of the first.
    Carter singled off Raiders starter Scottie Broadman and worked his way to third where Zach Hall singled him home with two outs.
    Ryan Adams worked a clean inning on the mound in the second before being relieved by Bryce Harnich.
    Savannah Christian struck again off the SEB reliever, getting back-to-back doubles from Brandon Deal and Mark Frasor and a two-out RBI single from Ryan Langston.
    SEB got a run back in the bottom of the third as Adams crushed a solo home run to right center field.
    The Jackets clawed within one in the fifth as Drew Rushing smacked a two-out triple and then scored on a wild pitch.
    Savannah Christian plated two unearned runs to seize momentum in the sixth, taking advantage of Weston Edenfield’s inability to gather in a throw across the infield from Tyler Epps.
    “We know that we can’t make those mistakes,” Peterson said. “We’re going to face a lot of tough teams like (Savannah Christian) in our region. I feel like we’ve got a good team, but we need to be more consistent.”
    Zack Brockman got the Raiders out of their fifth inning jam and pitched the remaining two frames to earn the save.
    Non-region losses won’t affect SEB’s quest to make a second consecutive trip to the state playoffs, but there isn’t much time to get all of their pieces in place.
    Southeast Bulloch hosts Statesboro Friday evening, but jump right into Region 1-AAA competition against Brantley County next week.
    “It’s a quick turnaround before region play,” Peterson said. “We played this one a bit different than we might in region play. I just wanted to throw some guys in the fire and see what we can expect moving forward.”

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.