Glynn Academy’s baseball team won its final region game of the season Friday, beating Richmond Hill 4-3 in a hard-fought game where the Wildcats had a runner on base every inning.
Red Terrors’ starting pitcher Paul Hegeman, who struck out the side in the first inning, walked the first batter of the game. The runner advanced to second on a passed ball and was thrown out at third base. Three Terrors batters also struck out in the first inning, stranding two runners on base.
The Wildcats scored first in the second inning as Hegeman gave up two singles and a two-RBI double to make the score 2-0 for Richmond Hill after two innings.
The Terrors responded in the third inning with a one-out single by Will Bowdoin and an error setting up Glynn with runners on first and second. Hunter Hall doubled to drive in a run to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Wildcats. Griffin Bates followed with a single with runners on second and third to drive in another run and tie the score. Hill Hartman put the Terrors on top with a single to drive in the go-ahead run.
After a walk to Bo Pierce to load the bases, Kolby Avedisian hit a sacrifice to drive in another run to make the scored 4-2 after three innings.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard again in the fifth inning on a double and wild pitch to advance the runner to third. Another wild pitch allowed the runner to score and narrow the score to 4-3.
Richmond Hill threatened to score again in the sixth inning after a runner singled and the next two batters were hit by pitches to load the bases with two out. The Terrors got out of the inning when the runner was tagged out at home by Bo Pierce, who came in as a relief pitcher.
Pierce struck out the first batter in the last inning before giving up a single. He closed out the game striking out the last two batters he faced.
After the game, Terrors coach Trent Mongero said all three games in the series against Richmond Hill (16-9 overall and 3-6 in region play) were hard-fought, competitive matches.
“It was just a great series from beginning to end,” he said. “We were fortunate to win. Paul and Bo pitched extremely well.”
Glynn Academy (21-5 overall, 8-4 in the region) is assured at least a second-place finish in the region and a chance to clinch the region with some help next week.
“It’s beyond our control,” Mongero said of his team controlling its own destiny.
Glynn Academy closes out its regular season next week with a three-game series against Statesboro. Even thought the series is non- conference, Mongero said the games are still meaningful.
“They’re very important,” he said. “You want to have momentum going into the playoffs.”