The Appling County Pirates (13-8 Overall, 10-3 Region 1-AAA) faced off against the Wayne County Yellow Jackets (10-9, 6-3 3A-AAAA) for the second time this season on Monday, March 31. The Jackets made the trip to Baxley seeking vengeance after their 1-0 loss to Appling on March 11. The Pirates started sophomore right-hander Mason Parker on the mound. Mason pitched three complete innings, walked one, allowed only one earned run, and struck out six batters. Stacy Davis entered the game in relief of Mason Parker. Stacy pitched two innings, struck out one batter, and allowed three runs on two hits. Nick Spell threw a seven pitch sixth inning for the Pirates struck out one batter. Connor Simmons pitched the top of the seventh and struck out two of the three batters he faced and allowed no runs.
The Pirate offense stayed in the game all night. Despite the Georgia Southern signee Sid Royal’s 90mph arm, Appling County managed to outhit Wayne county ten hits to six. Jake Britt (2-3, 2B, 1B), Cody Thomas (2-3, 1B), Griffith Faircloth (1-3, 3B), Mason Parker (1-4, 1B), Skylar Branch (1-3, 1B), Gage Patton (2-4, 1B), and Connor Simmons (1-4, 1B) were the players generating the ten hits on the night. The Pirates finished the game in a two run deficit. Wayne County emerged victorious with a score of 5-3.
The Pirates would face Johnson High School on Tuesday, April 1.
Brody Taylor and Nick Spell shared the pitching duties against Johnson High (2-14-1, 1-10-1). Brody Taylor struck out three batters. The Pirates scored 19 runs on eight hits and ended the game in three innings.
The Appling County Pirate baseball team made the long trip to Savannah on Wednesday, April 2, to play their third game in three days against Islands High (9-9, 7-6). Senior ace lefty Connor Simmons started the game on the mound for the Pirates. Connor completed six innings, allowed only four hits, two runs, and struck out eleven batters. Stacy Davis entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score 2-2. Davis shut down the Sharks in the four innings of free baseball. Davis threw strikes and let his defense work. Stacy struck out five batters, walked no batters, and allowed only one hit.
The Pirate offense scratched and clawed for all four runs of the game. The Pirates had nine hits on the day contributed by Tyler Sapp (2-2, 1B, 2B), Jake Britt (1-4, 1B), Cody Thomas (1-4, 1B), Mason Parker (2-4, 1B, 2B), Gage Patton (1-4, 1B), and Connor Simmons (2-5, 1B, 2B). The game remained tied 2-2 from the end of the 7th to the top of the 10th inning. The Pirates’ rally was started in the 10th by a double in the left field corner by Connor Simmons. A balk by the Islands pitcher sent Simmons to third. Gage Patton was then intentionally walked. Patton swiped second and Tyler Sapp walked to load the bases. Mason Parker was the hero that put the Pirates in the lead as he took a fastball to the ribs to send Simmons home to take the lead. A sacrifice fly to left field by Cody Thomas scored Patton from third to put the Pirates ahead by two runs. Stacy Davis pitched the bottom of the 10th and shut the opposing offense down one last time. The Pirates made the long trip back to Baxley with huge a 4-2 region victory under their belts.
The Pirates next hosted Pierce County (17-3, 13-1) on April 5 and came up short losing 1-5. The next game for the Pirates was at home against Southeast Bulloch (11-7, 11-3) on April 8 and resulted in an 8-1 win for the Pirates. The Pirates traveled to Jeff Davis (14-5, 9-3) on April 10 but were not able to leave victorious losing 11-14. The Pirates were able to pick up two more region wins on April 11 in a double header against Beach High (3-14-1, 0-11-1) 18-0 and 17-0.
The Pirates have three games scheduled for the upcoming week starting with a doubleheader at home against Savannah High (0-9, 0-9). Game one will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the second game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. The Pirates final game of the week is at Pierce County on April 18 at 6:00 p.m.