Bulldogs beat in-county rivals

Published 11:03 am Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Brantley Bulldogs will hit the road for the rest of this week. They will play JU Blacksher March 9, and Providence Christian March 13. Brantley will host Andalusia on March 14. Journal Photo/Grace Grosenbach

By: Grace Grosenbach

It was a very busy week for sports at BHS. Last Friday, the boys’ baseball team hosted the game against the Luverne Tigers, a rivalry that has been in place for years. There was definitely excitement for the game, and the Bulldogs were hoping to get a win.

Luverne came out swinging at the start of the game, scoring two runs right off the bat. However, the competition became evident when the Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

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The team had a lot going on for them defensively throughout the game. Second baseman Adrian Person Jr. said, “We came out slow at the beginning of the game, but later on, we picked things up and kept them from scoring as much.” Person had a great game against Luverne that night. He made several great plays on defense and scored one out of the twelve runs for Brantley.

Tommy Spivey also had good things to say about the Luverne game. “We had a few mistakes on defense, but overall I think we played great,” Spivey said. He then turned the attention to sophomore Jake Kilcrease, who played shortstop that night. “We have a young shortstop. It’s his first year on the varsity team, but he played great tonight and got the job done for us,” he said.

The Bulldogs’ offense came out swinging in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mack Wise, Jacob Free, Trey Lowery, and Greyson Layton scored runs for the Bulldogs. When asked about how the team did offensively, Nathan Renfroe said, “We were really sluggish at the beginning, but we got the bats going pretty soon after that and started putting the ball in play a lot more.”

The game ended with a score of 12-7, with the Bulldogs coming out on top.

Looking into the rest of the season, Spivey says, “We need to fix our approach at the plate. Coach Brook will tell you, we strike out a little too much and we definitely need to work on that.” So far, the Bulldog baseball team is looking successful for their 2017 season.

The Brantley softball team has had nothing but success so far during the season. Thursday, they played against Highland Home at their home field.

Leanna Johnson pitched her second straight no-hitter Thursday night, leading the way for their big win over the Squadron. Johnson struck out all nine batters she faced that night.

Gracie Free had another home run Friday night, helping them win over Highland Home with a score of 17-0. The softball team’s record currently sits at 2-0.