The Jack Britt Buccaneers improved their record to 5-2 in the Mid-South Conference last evening as they beat the Colts of Cape Fear 9-1, sweeping the season series. Last night proved to be the Buccaneers' best performance at the plate, pounding out 14 hits. Last night's top performances came from senior catcher Matt McKnight [2-3, 2B, 3B, BB, 3 RBI] and freshman infielder John Ortiz [2-3, 1B, 2B, BB, 2 RBI] For Ortiz, last night's game marked an impressive start to his varsity career since his call-up from JV last week. In his first two Varsity games, Ortiz has gone 4-for-6 with a double and 4 RBIs. Multi-hit performances were also turned in last night by sophomore Dustin Adams and seniors Benny Torres and Nick Nagowski.
In a last-minute change to the line-up Nagowski made the start on the mound last evening. He threw seven innings allowing only one run on five hits and striking out twelve Colts. With last night's win, Nagowski completed an impressive individual "sweep" of Cape Fear by improving his record against the Colts this year to 2-0, allowing only seven hits in fourteen innings of work. Moreover, in his two appearances against the Colts, Nagowski struck out 26 batters. The win last night raised Nagowski's record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 3.08 for the season.
The next conference game will be Friday against the Tigers of South View. South View will bring with them a conference-leading record of 7-0. In their first meeting of the season, the Buccaneers lost 3-2. Make sure to put the game on your schedule. JV will start at 430 pm with the Varsity to start at 700 pm. In the tradition of having the first pitch thrown out at all home conference games, Friday night's game will have the first pitch delivered by senior Crystal, this year's Miss Jack Britt. As South View likes to "welcome" everyone to "The Jungle," make sure to show your Buccaneer pride by welcoming all of the South View faithful to the BONE YARD!
The games for today have been cancelled due to unplayable field conditions both at Jack Britt and at Lumberton. The schedule has been changed again. Here is the schedule, both JV and Varsity, for the next three days.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – Jack Britt at Cape Fear – 700 pm
Thursday, April 7, 2011 – Jack Britt vs. Lumberton – 500 pm
Friday, April 8, 2011 – Jack Britt vs. South View – 700 pm
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – Jack Britt at Cape Fear – 430 pm
Thursday, April 7, 2011 – Jack Britt at Lumberton – 600 pm
Friday, April 8, 2011 – Jack Britt vs. South View – 430 pm
The game between Jack Britt and the Green Hope Falcons will go on today as scheduled. The times have been pushed back to 1200 pm for the JV and 300 pm for the Varsity. Come out and support the Buccaneers on what will be a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
The game played last night between Jack Britt and Terry Sanford was everything it was advertised to be. The ten-inning battle saw the Bulldogs win in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Buccaneers had multiple opportunities to break the game open but failed to do so with the absence of a “timely” hit. Britt certainly showed life at the plate by getting ten hits. Junior Josh Paul [2-5, 2(1B), RBI] got the Buccaneers’ only RBI with a single in the sixth inning, scoring David Lopez. Once again, the Buccaneers got wonderful pitching performances from seniors Christian Lugo [6 1/3 IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 9K] and Nick Nagowski [2 2/3 IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 4K]. Nagowski came in to replace Lugo in the 7th inning, his first appearance in relief on the season, and shut the door on the Bulldogs.
The Buccaneers look to bounce back from the tough loss as they travel to Cape Fear on Friday to take on the Colts (6-5, 3-3). The Buccaneers beat the Colts in their first meeting (2-0) due in large part to a 14 strikeout performance from pitcher Nick Nagowski. With last night’s games, the teams in the Mid-South Conference have played each other once and the standings are as follows:
South View (6-0)
Terry Sanford (4-2)
Jack Britt (4-2)
Cape Fear (3-3)
Pine Forest (3-3)
E.E. Smith (1-5)
The Buccaneers would like to give a very special thanks to the wonderful crowd that turned out last evening. From students to faculty and parents, it was wonderful to outnumber the home team’s fans. Your support certainly did not go unnoticed. Also, the coaches and players would like to thank the following people for providing the team’s pre-game meals:
John and Lisa Stanifer
Luther and Lori Paul
The Acosta Family
Coach Mitch Adams