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Spring sports update on BCHS track, tennis, soccer, and golf.

The Bleckely boys track team won the 3-AA title Thursday at East Laurens.  The girls finished fourth.  You can see all the athletes who qualified for sectionals by clicking here.  Both the boys and girls tennis teams will play in the elite eight this week.  Each defeated Coosa 5-0 Friday.  Updates will be posted on Bleckley Progress as well as on Twitter.

Girls soccer finished region runner up, the best finish since soccer began at Bleckley County High School in 2009.. They will host Berrien in a first round game Tuesday at 6 pm.  The boys and girls golf teams will travel to Augusta for area competition Tuesday.

Pair of good pitching performances helps BCHS sweep Swainsboro.

Pair of good pitching performances helps BCHS sweep Swainsboro.

Bleckley closed out their regular season Friday at Swainsboro with a doubleheader.  Game one saw many reserves play.  The Royals capitalized on eight Tiger walks and four hit batters to score nine runs in winning 9-1.  Trip Purser went seven innings, giving up three hits, two walks, striking out six.  Lane Kitchens went 2 for 6.  Spencer Brown was 1 for 2.

Starters played game two.  Shayne Cannon was masterful, allowing just two hits and striking out 14 as BCHS won 7-0.  Sam Knighton was 2 for 4 with a two-run single.  Kitchens was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.  Carter Raffield and Jack Fernandez each went 2 for 4.  

The Royals will host 1-AA fourth seed in round one of the state baseball playoffs April 28.  Game one starts at 4 pm with game two to follow 30 minutes later.  The *if* game would be April 29 at 6 pm.

 

Bats struggle as BCHS drops season series to Fitzgerald.

Bats struggle as BCHS drops season series to Fitzgerald.

Bleckley hosted Fitgzerald Wednesday night, fresh off their emotional comeback win against Dodge County.  It was the second time in three days the Royals and Hurricanes met.   Unfortunately for the Royals, results were the same as Ftizgerald won 8-5.

Chance Pittman accounted for half the team's hits, going 3 for 4 with 1 RBI.  BCHS closes out the regular season with a doubleheader at Swainsboro Friday.  Game one is at 4:30 pm.

BCHS walks off against Dodge to secure perfect region baseball record.

BCHS walks off against Dodge to secure perfect region baseball record.

Tuesday was Senior Night when Bleckley hosted Dodge County.  Down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Nash Mullis reached on a bunt with one out.  Chance Pittman's two-out double which landed in the left field corner scored Mullis, tying the game.  Carter Raffield followed with an RBI hit, scoring pinch runner Lane Kitchens from second with the game-winning run as the Royals won in a walkoff 4-3.

With the win, BCHS finishes region play 12-0.  Mullis was 2 for 3 with a double.  Chandler Abney went 2 for 3 with a solo home run.  Sam Knighton was 1 for 2.  Bleckley has their final regular season home game today against Fitzgerald.  JV start at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

Late inning rally for BCHS comes up short in Fitzgerald.

Late inning rally for BCHS comes up short in Fitzgerald.

Bleckley trailed 5-3 going to the seventh inning of Monday's game in Fitzgerald when the Royals scored three times.  Benji Knighton had an RBI single, Nash Mullis a go ahead sac fly.  But the Hurricanes scored two in the home half to win 7-6.

Knighton was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Mullis went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.  Lane Kitchens was 2 for 3.  BCHS will hold Senior Night activities today against Dodge County.   Start time is 5:45 pm.

BCHS blasts Southwest to clinch 3-AA baseball title.

BCHS blasts Southwest to clinch 3-AA baseball title.

Bleckley clinched the 3-AA championship and a top seed for the state playoffs by beating Southwest 15-0 Friday afternoon.  Shayne Cannon struck out six in pitching his first career no-hitter.  Cater Raffield went 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI.  Jack Fernandez went 1 for 2 with a triple.

Bleckley plays at Fitzgerald Monday.  JV at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

BCHS softball player signs with Albany State, softball head coach stepping down.

BCHS softball player signs with Albany State, softball head coach stepping down.

Faith Harris became the third Lady Royas softball player to continue her career at the college level, signing with Albany State University Friday afternoon.  A 3-AA All Region First Team selection as well as honorable mention for the AA All State Team, Harris hit .345 with four doubles, two triples, and 21 RBI. She had a .945 fielding percentage. 

Also at the signing, athletic director Von Lassiter announced longtime Lady Royals head softbal coach Janice Bryan would be stepping down and assistant Teresa Gray would be the new head coach.  You can read more about the announcement here.