Diamond Bucs fall in final home game, start shaky on road
By Brian Bowden

The Briarwood varsity boys baseball team continued their struggles this season as they hosted the Lancers of Central Fellowship Christian Academy and lost, 17-4, on April 17. During their final home game of the season, the Diamond Bucs gave up four or more runs in three different innings to CFCA. A game that started out bleak as the Lancers put up four runs in the first inning, only got worse as it took Briarwood four innings to put their first run on the board. They then hit the road where they fell to the Rams of Mon Don, 6-1, on April 21, the Gators of Gatewood, 11-1, on April 22 and the Knights of Windsor, 16-1, on Monday.
Junior Jack Russell, senior Bryce Sowell and sophomore Lathan Roberson were on the rubber for Briarwood against CFCA, but all three had difficulty with the explosive bats of the Lancers. Russell pitched 3.2 innings giving up six hits coupled with nine runs. He struck out one, but had four errors. Sowell came on in relief in the fourth with two outs, down 9-0. He went 1.1 innings giving up six hits and six runs. Sowell also had three errors and one walk coupled with one strike out. Roberson went one inning giving up four hits and two runs. He struck out one, walked one and committed two errors.
Offensively, the lone bright spot for the Diamond Bucs came in the bottom of the fifth when they managed to put up three runs against the Lancers. The highlights came courtesy of sophomore Mason Kent, sophomore Tripp Harper and senior Dalton Banks. Kent unleashed a bomb to right center that scored a run, Harper secured a single that straddled the foul line in right field and scored a run and Banks drove a ball to centerfield that the fielder mishandled causing Briarwood to gain one last run before the inning was over. Banks was able to make it to third safely on the miscue.
Sowell and Harper each had a stolen base apiece in the bottom of the fifth as well.
Statistically, Banks and Harper both went 2-for-3 while Kent, Harwell and sophomore Jeb Blount each went 1-for-3 on the day.

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