The ECI Bulldogs started off last week with a bang, beating McIntosh County Academy at home on Monday, March 21. The Dawgs clung to that high note as the week went on, however, as the team dropped its next two contests versus Bryan County on Tuesday, March 22, and Friday, March 25.
The one win of the week featured free baseball as ECI used extra innings to down the Buccaneers.
The home team utilized two pitchers, Joseph Stewart and Bryce Kearson, throughout. The two Dawgs combined to throw a shutout.
Stewart started the game for ECI, and he surrendered 0 runs on 3 hits over five innings, striking out 1 Buc and issuing just one free pass.
Kearson entered in relief and limited McIntosh to 0 runs on 1 hit through his three innings of work. He fanned seven and walked 0. He struck out the Bucs’ last batter to end the game to boot.
All in all, Monday’s match-up was a battle of the pitchers. The Dawgs still managed 9 hits collectively to get the job done.
Jack Walden and Jacob Durden are noted as multiple-hit recipients. Walden went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead ECI in hits.
The final score was 1–0, ECI.
Tuesday saw the Bulldogs host their second game of the week as the Bryan County Redskins came to Twin City. They returned to Pembroke with a 9–4 victory over ECI.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover.
Bryan County took the lead on a single in the first inning, but the Dawgs answered in the bottom of the first. ECI knotted the score at 1, scoring a run on an error.
Bryan County pulled away for good with 2 runs in the second inning.
Lawson Mercer took the loss for ECI Bulldogs. The pitcher lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing 6 hits and 7 runs while striking out three.
There were two offensive bright spots in the outing versus the Redskins: Kearson stroked a ball out of the park in the third, and Hudson Henry followed with ECI’s second homer of the day in the seventh.
Kearson led the Bulldogs overall at the plate with 2 hits in four at-bats.
Wednesday’s game against Savannah Country Day was rained out, and the Bulldogs regrouped in hopes of avenging Tuesday’s loss against Bryan County on Friday.
That would not be the case, however, as ECI dropped the game on the road 7–5.
ECI fell behind early in the game as Bryan County took the lead on a sac fly in the second. The deficit could not be overcome.
The loss didn’t come without a valiant come-from-behind effort as ECI, down six runs, scratched across four runs, thanks to a grand slam from Kearson in the seventh inning. This same Bulldog continued to be a force for ECI at the plate; he had 2 hits in four at-bats on Friday.
The Dawgs played an errorless defensive game. Walden had five put-outs, the most on the team.
Stewart took his first loss of the year on the hill, despite surrendering only 1 run on 3 hits over two innings. He walked only one Redskin.
The Bulldogs are currently third in the region. They have a slate of games coming up prior to the next edition of The Chronicle on April 6. These include: a home game on Tuesday versus Screven County, a home game Wednesday versus Savannah Christian, an away game versus Portal on April 4, and a home game versus Portal on April 5.
Look for results in next week’s Chronicle.