The only people in Brooklet that may have been upset about the Southeast Bulloch vs Screven County baseball game was whoever was benefitting from concession sales as the homestanding Yellow Jackets won a 1-0 pitching duel that saw the seven-inning game end in less than 90 minutes.
Senior Tyler Bailey was outstanding on the mound as he allowed only one hit, while striking out nine in throwing a complete game. Bailey was efficient as well as he threw only 80 total pitches.
“You can’t ask any more out of a player than what Tyler Bailey did tonight,” said Southeast Bulloch coach Brandon Peterson. “He struck out nine, and only threw 80 pitches. That is pretty impressive.”
The good news was the Jackets continue to get solid pitching, the bad news is the Jackets continue to struggle at the plate. Southeast Bulloch managed just four hits, and once again were unable to advance runners when they needed to as they left five runners on base.
“The lack of offense so far this year is concerning,” Peterson said. “We have to start making more adjustments out there. We are going to keep working on that, and hopefully we will get better.”
The Yellow Jackets were able to get on the board early Wednesday. Tyler Bailey led off the first with a single to center. Bailey then stole second base, and was replaced by pich runner Will Hitchens. Tyler Deloach would then single in the gap in right center, bringing home Hitchens for a 1-0 lead.
Bailey got some good defensive help throughout the game. First baseman Dillon Ruarks made a diving grab at first for out number three in the fourth inning. Peyton Carr later made a great grab on a lin drive in the fifth, and was able to double off the runner at first
to end the inning.
“We played some pretty good defense out their tonight,” Peterson said. “We got enough to win tonight, but again we really need to start swinging the bats.”
The Yellow Jackets improve to 2-3 on the seasonand are 0-2 in region play. Up next Southeast Bulloch will travel to Effingham County for a non-region matchup Monday at 5:30. The Yellow Jackets next home game will be March 7th as they host Savannah High for a region doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.