Banks County baseball is in full swing this summer and the month of June has plenty of opportunities for the varsity Leopards to run the diamond. The Leopards split games with Oconee County High School at home last week winning the first game of the double header 6-5 and losing the second game 6-9.
The Leopards went up two runs on wild pitches with bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning to lead Oconee 2-0. Oconee drove a run in with two outs in the top of the second inning to cut the lead in half 2-1.
BCHS drove two runs in to lead 4-1 in the second inning and threaten to score more. But the threat ends at the plate for the Leopards. A wild pitches puts a run on the board for Oconee and added a run in the third inning and the Leopards took to the plate and put runners in place to score. Alex Lewis made a base hit RBI to add a run to the lead for the Leopards. Taylor Turner drove one into left field for a RBI and the Leopards were up 6-3.
Oconee added two runs in the top of the fourth inning to close the gap on the lead. Nothing happening for the Leopards in the fourth, they would have to hold Oconee to win. BCHS made the save and wins 6-5.
Oconee led off the second game but went down without scoring a run. Lead off hitter Alex Lewis layed one down the third base line for a hit but was picked off at first. Taylor Turner went down swinging. Brayden Rogers got a hit to short right field and stole second base to be in scoring position for Dustin Ledford. Ledford drove in the run and got the base hit. Ethen Banks hit out to second baseman and the first inning was over with the Leopards leading 1-0.
Taylor Boisclair retired the first batter and the second batter. Then an Oconee player hit a shot to center for out two. A base hit put a Warrior on first but Boisclair balked and sent him to second base. The next batter was walked and Oconee had third and first covered. A smash to left center allow\ed two runs to score and the Leopards trailed 2-1 in the second inning. Kolby Merck came in to finish pitching the inning.
Austin Segars lead off for the Leopards with a base hit. Cody Parker made a great bunt to advance the runner and Levi Craig drove a hit to get Segars to third. Dylan Suttles came to the plate and hit a pop fly to first base for the final out of the inning.
Oconee loaded the bases early in the third inning. Pitcher Kolby Merck took a line drive to the ankle and Cole Jones came in to relief pitch. A deep shot to right field scored two runs and the Warriors were up 4-1. The hitting streak continued for Oconee as the score rose to 7-1 Warriors.
Taylor Turner fouled off several times before hitting out to the Oconee first baseman in the bottom of the third inning. Brayden Rogers was thrown out at first for out two of the inning. Dustin Ledford tried to get things going hitting a double. Ethen Banks drove the ball to second base and just missed the throw to first base.
The Leopards battled back and kept the Warriors off the scoreboard in the fourth inning. BCHS put runners on base in the bottom of the fourth inning. A walk loaded the bases for Taylor Turner at the plate but Turner was walked and the Leopards picked up a run. Brayden Rogers scored two runs on a base hit. Dustin Ledford beat the throw and scored two more runs to put the Leopards one run down going into the top of the fifth inning.
Austin Segars struck out the first batter to the plate. Jacob Bullock made the play at first base for out two. Oconee hit a pop up that BCHS lost in the sky for a run to lead by two runs. A missed throw to first let Oconee score another run in the top of the fifth inning. The Leopards got the final out with bases loaded. Leopards wejt down swinging in the bottom of the fifth inning and lost 6-9 to the Oconee County Warriors.