It was a tough start to the 2005 Buccaneer baseball season as Branford traveled to Newberry to meet a very good Newberry team, and fell 14-0, with the game called in the fifth inning.
Dustin Lee took the mound for the Bucs and took the loss against a great hitting Panthers team. Branford only managed two hits in the game, but one of those hits was a Lee double to provide Branford with their only threat of the game.
The only stats available for the junior varsity team was the one that matters the most. The junior varsity Bucs met Newberry with much more success than their varsity counterparts winning by a score of 14-9. Congratulations junior Bucs on a great start to the 2005 baseball season.
The varsity team traveled to Bell for their district opener on Thursday night and got off to a great start in the district standings defeating the Bulldogs 7-1.
A quick start for the Bucs scoring three runs in each of the first two innings along with great pitching by starter JD Strickland allowing only two hits and struck out seven batters to pave the way for the Bucs big district win. Strickland did not allow an earned run for the game. He would go the distance until darkness caused the game to end in the sixth inning.
Offensively, Branford got a double and a homerun by senior Scott Warren who collected 5 RBIs on the night to provide all the offense needed by the Bucs. Dusty Lee also continued his hot hitting with a double for one of the Bucs eight hits for the game.
Chiefland came into town on Friday night, and even though I have not seen the stats on this game, they probably are loaded in the seventh inning. It was the standard Branford versus Chiefland baseball game after the top of the seventh with the Indians on top 15-0. The Bucs came to their final at bat with the only goal being to score a run. The Bucs redefined the meaning of the seventh inning stretch by crossing home plate ten times bringing the Bucs fans to life on the cold windy night. Chiefland tried to answer at the six run mark of the inning by bringing in their ace, but he was met with a hard smash down the left field line that brought a couple more runs home to extend the inning.
Great job by the Bucs. Even though they drop their record to 1-2, and 1-1 in district play, the game against the defending district champion Chiefland Indians should give the Bucs quite a boost for the rest of the season.
The junior varsity to my understanding could not get things settled after seven innings as their game against Chiefland finished in a 2-2 deadlock to remain undefeated on the young season.
The Bucs will travel to Bronson tomorrow night with both the junior varsity and varsity teams seeing action against their district rival. Both teams will return to the Branford field on Monday night to host Dixie County in non-district action. Both junior varsity games start at 4 p.m. with varsity action slated to start at 7 p.m.