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Lady Royals advance to Sweet 16.

Lady Royals advance to Sweet 16.

Three scrimmage tournaments.  Two of them were two-day affairs in South Georgia.  Plus an annual trip to the Mary Persons Paw Print Classic.  Those were just some of the games BCHS played this summer to prepare for the season.

It was just as busy during the regular season with trips to Nahunta, Cordele, and Snellville.  Wednesday, Bleckley put that experience to use in round one of the state playoffs versus Metter..  Allie Keel went 2 for 2, Chrystal Harris was 2 for 3 with an RBI single and Jordan Williams went 1 for 2 with a two out, two-run double in the first to power the Lady Royals in a 6-1 win.

In game two, Taylor Dykes' second double of the game in the sixth inning scored two runs.  It gave BC a 6-2 lead. The Lady Tigers cut into the lead and scored three in the seventh.  Dykes struck out the final batter to preserve a 6-5 win.  She was 2 for 2.

Royals suffer frustrating home loss to Lamar County.

Royals suffer frustrating home loss to Lamar County.

The offensive stats from Friday's Lamar versus Bleckley home football game say BCHS did well.  They outgained the Trojans 223-92 including holding Lamar to 31 first haf rushing yards.  But sometimes, there's more to the story.

Lamar scored 14 points via interecpetions returned for touchdowns, the first coming on a halfback pass.  They also blocked an extra point.  On the game's final drive, a tired Royal defense committed a face mask penalty and could not stay onsides when LC went for it on fourth and goal from the four with 47 seconds left.

As a result, Bleckley lost 21-19.  Antavis Robertson had 90 yards on nine carries as well as 63 return yards. LaDarrick Vickers had 73 yards on 10 carries.  BCHS plays at Macon County October 24.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

Lady Royals to open softball playoffs versus Metter.

It was announced Thursday that BCHS will open the AA softball playoffs at home versus Metter October 15.  Game times are 4 and 6 pm.  Metter is the fourth seed from Region 3-AA.

Lady Royals win 4-AA softball title.

Lady Royals win 4-AA softball title.

Taylor Dykes was a 4-4 with a pair of doubles and two-run triple as BCHS won the 4-AA softball title 7-3 versus Crawford County in Cochran Tuesday evening.  Dykes allowed one baserunner in the final three innings.  Her hit was one of three two-out hits with runners on base.  Jordan Williams had a two-run triple with two outs in the third.  Hannah Coulter had a two-out RBI single single in the sixth.

She finished 2 for 4.  Faith Harris was also 2 for 4.  Head coach Janice Bryan mentioned the timely hitting as part of the complete game she felt the team played.  "We got timely hits when we needed it.  We got good, solid defense.  We got good pitching.  We didn't have that one thing missing" (IE: getting hits but not be able to score runners.)

Updated BCHS softball playoff, other sports, schedule information.

It was announced Thursday that Tuesday's Region 4-AA softball championship game between Crawford County and Bleckley County will start at 5:30 pm in Cochran.

Saturday, both the middle and high school competition cheerleading teams will be at East Laurens High School for the Falcon Frenzy.  The middle school division starts at 9 a.m. with BCMS going on at 9:35.  BCHS will be the first squad to compete in the second high school session which begins at 2:45 pm.

Lady Royals advance to 4-AA title game.

Lady Royals advance to 4-AA title game.

BCHS welcomed Lamar County Wednesday afternoon for the 4-AA semifinals.  The Lady Royals were looking for their third region softball title game appearance in four years.

In game one, Taylor Dykes' two-out single in the fifth was the ony scoring in a 2-0 win.  She and Chrystal Harris had the only hits.

Bleckley built a 4-0 lead after two innings in game two but the Lady Trojans were within 4-2 after four innings.  Dykes' scored on a passed ball in the seventh, but Lamar had last at bat this time.  They loaded the bases with one out.  Two came home on an error.  BC would hold off the rally to win 5-4.  Faith Harris and Chelsea Brady were both 2 for 4.

The Region 4-AA title game is October 7 in Cochran versus Crawford County.  Tentative game time is 5 pm.

Bleckley middle, high school, softball teams to host playoff games.

Both Bleckley County Middle School and Bleckley County High School will host region playoff softball games this week.  Tuesday, BCMS, the MGMSAA third seed, will host sixth seeded Toombs County.  Game time is 4:30 pm. Wednesday, BCHS will host Lamar County in a 4-AA semifinal.  It's a best of three series with two games scheduled. Start times are 4 and 6 pm.  The Lady Royals are top seed.