The Banks County High School Leopards took the final step to win the 8AA North Sub Region Title on Friday night against Union County. The Leopards won the first game of the double header 4-2 and clinched the number one seed in the region playoffs which begin on April 18 at BCHS. The Leopards dropped the second game 9-2 as the team played the full roster for experience.
Leading up to the sub region win, the Leopards defeated Rabun County with a three game sweep the previous week. BCHS took the first game 7-6.
Brenton Ruark, on two days rest, came on in relief of an injured Taylor Foster and pitched five innings while giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits. Ruark struck out seven and walked three to get the victory for Banks. The win gave the Leopards a 6-5 overall season record and a 5-2 in the Region 8-AA North.
Tyler Hellmeister led the Leopards at the plate hitting three of five including a double with three RBI's.