BHS baseball wins region title

First Byline: 
Michael Young - Sports Editor

After six long seasons, the Barnwell High varsity baseball team has a region championship trophy to put on the shelf.
On March 22 at John Hall Field, the Warhorses all but locked up the Region 6AA crown with a sweep of Hwy. 278 rival Silver Bluff at John Hall Field.
The official announcement came the following day after Bamberg-Ehrhardt defeated Wade Hampton 6-2.
With the win, Barnwell High wraps up region play with a 6-2 mark.
The Barnwell High will now host Woodland High School Thursday at John Hall Field in the opening round of the class AA playoffs.
"I'm really pleased with how our team has performed over the last few weeks," Barnwell High coach Don Mims said. "It's been an up and down ride at times, but overall I'm very proud of what our team has accomplished this season."
Both games were tightly contested, but the Warhorses proved to be the more resilient team down the stretch.
In game one, the Warhorses came out on top by a score of 2-1 in five innings.
Neither offensives were on display as the teams combined for only six hits in the contest.
The Warhorses totaled just two hits, but the team prevailed anyway thanks to a good, all-around performance by senior Ricky Hartzog.
Hartzog's two-run homer that scored Dylan Brant in the bottom of the first inning was the difference on the scoreboard.
Hartzog's presence was also felt on the mound where he threw a four-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks.
"Great game by both teams. We didn't get a lot of hits, but we kind of made the most of our opportunities early. Good pitching and defense was big in that one," Mims said.
A great defensive performance was headed by James Plexico, Justin Ridgeway, Tyrin Williams, Nathan Toole and Seth Chestnut.
In the second game, the Warhorses knocked off the Bulldogs by a score of 4-3 in six innings.
Tied a 3-3 at the end of the five inning regulations, the game spilled over into the sixth inning.
In that inning, the Warhorses rallied. Jackson Ridgeway led with a single, then advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt by Tyrin Williams.
To put more speed on the base, Mims substituted Jamir Dunbar as a pinch runner for Ridgeway. It turned out to be a good decision by Mims.
Moments later, Dylan Brant lined a single that scored Dunbar for the winning run.
"Jamir Dunbar is pretty fast that's why we used him in that situation. He's probably the only one on our team that could have score from second on the play," Mims said.
Senior righthander Rylan Still also helped secure the win. Still did a good job of hitting his mark with five hits allowed, a walk and seven strikeouts.
For the game, Brant led the Warhorses' bats. He went three for three with two stolen bases and two RBIs and a run scored.
Also hitting the ball well was Nathan Toole, Plexico, Justin Ridgeway and Tyrin Williams.