A six-run lead should mean case closed for John Milledge Academy baseball, but five doubles helped Bulloch Academy steal the region opener from the home team 15-12 March 15.
JMA did win its next two outings though head coach Justin Mills isn’t impressed with the fielding.
A few caught balls would have kept Bulloch at a distance.
“We really didn’t play well in the field. We threw the ball around and should have made some plays that we didn’t make,” Mills said.
Brantley Attaway hit 3-for-4 with two walks against Bulloch. Ryan Bresse, Heath Roberts and Billy Whitlock all posted two hits and an RBI in the loss.
Ben Bracewell pitched six shutout innings the following game March 19 at Westminster as the Trojans pounced 10-0.
Attaway was 2-for-4 with a double, while Bresse had one double and RBI.
Last Thursday’s game versus Augusta Prep ended well 9-4 despite JMA allowing unearned runs.
“It’s really more physical stuff than mental, which is a good thing. There are balls falling that should be caught by good teams. We are just not making those plays right now,” Mills said.
Chad Charping threw the final three innings after Attaway cruised through four.
Roberts clutched in the bottom of the second inning. His double drove in Trent Thiel and JonMichael Chambers tying the contest 2-2.
Augusta Prep battled the error bug in the third as well, letting two more Trojan runs score after a botch at first. Chambers’ base knock scored Thiel.
During the bottom of the fifth, Attaway scored from third base after Thiel added an RBI to his stats. Kendall Morgan jumped into the act the same sequence with a base hit and RBI, as JMA led 7-2.
Roberts and Attaway were both 2-for-4 at the plate against Prep.
Mills knows his team must lock up the errors to continue its region title streak.
“We are physically capable of making these plays. They’ve got to use their talents they’ve been blessed with,” he said. “If we can start being a little more consistent in the field, I like our offense. It’s got to click at the right time.”
That clean game is required this afternoon against undefeated region rival Pinewood. JMA has the talent mixing veterans and several new faces.
Mills said the coaching staff finally knows where to place the pieces to retune the Trojan baseball machine.
“The guys are working hard. Baseball is a tough game,” the Trojan coach said. “We have to play better to win region.”
JMA puts its 4-3 record up against Pinewood at home starting at 4:30 p.m. today.