Jacob Hackenberry connects for a RBI hit against Gatewood on Monday. Hackenberry went 2-for-3 at the plate.

The Bucs led the Gatewood Gators for much of Monday afternoon’s baseball game, but came up short 4-3 in the end.

Briarwood took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but Gatewood tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third. The Bucs pulled ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

But Gatewood’s two-run sixth inning gave the Gators the win at Briarwood.

After Monday, the Bucs’ record stood at 0-3, however most of the games on the schedule to this point have not been played due to rain.

The remainder of the week, weather permit ting past Monday, had the Bucs facing Glascock County on Wednesday and Brentwood on Saturday.

In the Gatewood loss, sophomore Jacob Hackenberry led the hitting.

“Jacob Hackenberry really stepped up with some big hits,” said D.J. Shelnutt, Briarwood head coach.

Hackenberry, 2-for-3; Daxton Kent, 2-for-4; and Tucker Purvis, 2-for-4; were the top hitters for Briarwood. Landon Kent and Hackenberry had one RBI each. Overall, Briarwood had a 10-hit game against the Gators.

“We definitely hit a lot better than we did at Westminster. We finally woke up and realized that we’ve got to swing the bat,” Shelnutt said.

The coach credits his senior pitcher for leading from the mount and pointed out his Bucs had a strong day of defense other than near the end of the game.

“Our pitching was strong. Aaron Land put together a really good seven innings. We played nearly perfect in the field, just a few throws really hurt us at the end of the game,” he said. “We had a few botched plays that cost us those two runs. If we clean those up I think we win the game.”

“I think we did very well yesterday (Monday) especially for only having one on the field practice in the last week and a half,” the coach said.

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