BROOKLET — No-hitters in baseball are pretty rare, but back-to-back no hitters are basically unheard of.
Thursday night in Brooklet the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets wrapped up their regular season with their second consecutive no-hitter. Tuesday Tyler DeLoach did the damage against Jenkins, Thursday teammate Blaize Minick held the Warriors hitless for the 12th inning in a row in a 10-0 run rule victory.
“I don’t think I have ever even heard of back to back no hitters,” said Southeast Bulloch coach Brandon Peterson. “You can’t say enough about the way Blaize pitched today. I’m so proud of him, and Tyler too for what he did Tuesday. It’s a special way to play their last game at home.”
Minick had seven strikeouts over his five innings of work, and helped his own cause at the plate as well coming through with two hits, and three RBI.
Southeast Bulloch jumped out to a 1-0 on an RBI single by senior Toby Williams, which plated fellow senior Colby Marsh. Logan Herring was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. In the second Peyton Carr made it 3-0 on an infield hit with the bases loaded, a fielder's choice then made it 4-0.
In the fifth the Jackets scored another run on a fielder's choice, then Minick added an RBI single to extend the lead to 6-0. With the score 8-0 in the fifth Minick came through with another RBI single, and then with the bases loaded and two outs Carr hit an infield pop up that was dropped, allowing the tenth and final run of the game to score.
“We actually did a good job of playing small ball, and manufacturing some runs,” Peterson said. “Dylan Ruarks has a couple sacrifice bunts, and Tyler Bailey beat out two bunts for hits. We put the ball in play enough situationally to get a few runs in tonight.”
Thursday’s victory was bittersweet, as it was in all likelihood the last time the Jacksts seven seniors will take the field in Brooklet. Thursday’s victory secured the Yellow Jackets of the third seed in next week’s state tournament, and they will be opening things up on the road.
“Sitting here as the third seed there is a good chance this was our seniors last game at home,” Peterson said. “There would be an outside chance if an upset happened in the state we could play, but I’ve just got to say what a pleasure it has been to coach this special group. I wish they could have gotten a chance to play a series at home, but I feel if we keep playing the way we have this week, there should be more baseball left for them.”
The Jackets open up as the third seed traveling to the No. 2 seed Tattnall County. The game will be a doubleheader in the best of three series, and will take place Wednesday April 24th at a yet to be determined time.