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Bats come alive as BCHS rolls in region opener

Bats come alive as BCHS rolls in region opener

The Lady Royals had their best offensive output in nearly two weeks as they opened 4-AA play with an 8-0 home win versus Putnam County Tuesday afternoon.  

Faith Harris was 4 for 4. Allie Keel went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. Kendall Morton was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, including the game clinching hit in the sixth inning.

Region play continues Thursday as Bleckley takes on Crawford County. Game time is 5 p.m. at Gordon College.

BCHS suffers frustrating walkoff loss versus Schley County.

BCHS suffers frustrating walkoff loss versus Schley County.

The Lady Royals traveled to Ellaville Monday to take on Schley County.  Bleckley would be unable to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities including a two on, one out situation in the fourth, and two on with two outs in the sixth.  The defense kept Schley off the board, working out of jams such as second and third with one out in the fifth.

Scoreless in the bottom of the seventh,  the leadoff batter bunted and was inside the baseline. There was no safety bag at first, so she was safe.  The next batter walked.  A double steal and runners were at second and third.  The next batter popped out.

BCHS softball splits games at Crisp Watermelon Classic

BCHS softball splits games at Crisp Watermelon Classic

The Lady Royals softball team traveled to Cordele this weekend for the Watermelon Classic hosted by Crisp County High School.

Friday night saw the end of Bleckley's five-game losing streak with a 6-0 win versus Hawkinsville. Taylor Dykes went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Aliyah Whitehead was 2 for 3. BC then defeated host Crisp County 4-1.  Faith Harris was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Dykes went 1 for 2. 

Saturday did not go as well.  

BCHS lost to Tift County 3-2. Abby Simms was 1 for 2 with 1 RBI and Jordan Williams was also 1-2. Against Seminole County, five unaswered runs by the Lady Indians was too much to overcome in a 6-2 loss. Harris was 1 for 2 with a triple.

Bleckley travels to Schley County Monday. Game time is 5 p.m.

First half turnovers sink BCHS in season opener

First half turnovers sink BCHS in season opener

After two weeks of scrimmages, it was time for Bleckley to begin football season. Friday night, the Royals opened at Dodge County. The Indians won in Cochran 35-10 last year.

Already down 7-0, BCHS had turnovers on five consecutive possessions. A fumbled kickoff, an interception, a muffed punt, an interception returned for six points, and another fumbled kickoff. Two of the three fumbles were inside the Royal 20. Dodge would score 28 points off turnovers to take a 35-0 lead into the half.

BC's only offense came in the third when Justin Rozier recovered a fumble after a recpion and carried it six yards for a score. Dodge went on to win 42-7. The Royal offense had just 136 total yards, including 77 on the ground. Freshman Nykeem Farrow had eight carries for 32 yards. LaDarrick Vickers carried the ball nine times for 26 yards.

Bleckley's home opener is August 21 against Hawkinsville. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.  

Bleckley cross country course finish line to be named for longtime volunteer

At Tuesday's monthly Bleckley Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously voted to name the finish line at the cross country course (located at Bleckley Elementary) the Freeman Cranford Memorial Finish Line.

Cranford, the father of middle and high school cross country coach Shelly Cranford, was a fixture at the finish line for years serving as a timer. He had to retire due to helth issues and passed away this past spring.

Big inning sinks BCHS at West Laurens

Big inning sinks BCHS at West Laurens

Bleckley trailed 1-0 at West Laurens going to the bottom of the fourth Tuesday. The Lady Raiders scored five runs, none of them earned. BC's only offense came on back to back two out hits in the fifth as the team lost their fifth straight 7-2. Faith Harris was 2 for 4 with an RBI triple. Kendall Morton went 1 for 2 with a double.

BCHS travels to Cordele this weekend for the Watermelon Classic. Games will be played at the Crisp County Youth Ball Complex.

Times are Friday at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. (Hawkinsville and host Crisp County High School) and Saturday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (Seminole County and Tift County.)

BCHS softball loses fourth straight

BCHS softball loses fourth straight

Despite a near 45-minute weather delay Monday in Rochelle, the Lady Royals had added to their 2-1 lead over Wilcox County on Hannah Coulter's fourth inning double. But the Lady Patriots scored five in the home half.

Bleckley got two with the bases loaded in the fifth, but couldn't capitalize on three straight opportunities with no outs to get the tying run in.

Wilcox added two more in the sixth.  BCHS loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh but didn't score as they lost 8-5, their fourth straight. The team had ten errors and stranded 12. Kendall Morton went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI.

BC plays at West Laurens Tuesday afternoon. Game time is 5 p.m.