The Buccaneers took care of business early and often last evening as they defeated the 71st Falcons 18-3 in five innings. The game was ceremonially started by the strong right arm of Sgt. Lester Lowe who showed everyone that his skills are not limited to law enforcement. Standing confidently on the freshly raked mound, Sgt. Lowe delivered a strike to starting catcher Matt McKnight.
Offensively, the Buccaneers started their scoring attack with two outs in the first inning. Big games were had by seniors David Lopez [3-4, 2B, 3R, 2 RBI], Steven Grimes [1-1, 1B, 2 SAC, 2R, HPB, 3 RBI], and Christian Lugo [2-2, 2B, 2 BB, RBI]. Senior Brandon Culbreth and sophomore Dustin Adams capped off what was a great week for each of them with 2 RBIs each, bringing their combined total for the week to 12.
The Buccaneers will take their three-game winning streak and their 4-1 record in the Mid-South Conference to Fayetteville Terry Sanford on Tuesday as they will face the Bulldogs for the first time this season. Game times for the games will be 430 pm and 700 pm respectively for the JV and Varsity. The Buccaneers would also like to thank John and Lisa Stanifer and Mitch Adams for providing the pre-game meal on Friday. The spaghetti plates from Sammio’s Italian Restaurant (a proud sponsor of Jack Britt Baseball) and Gatorade were greatly appreciated.
Tonight the Buccaneers take on the Falcons of 71st High School. Game times are 430 pm and 700 pm for JV and Varsity respectively. The Buccaneers look to improve upon their record of 4-4 and 3-1 in the Mid-South Conference.
Tonight the Buccaneers will also have a special guest throwing out the first pitch. Sgt. Lester Lowe (more affectionately known as D-Lowe) of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to throw out the first pitch. Sgt. Lowe was born and raised in the great baseball city of St. Louis, Missouri. After retiring from the United States Army in 1994, Sgt. Lowe started his law enforcement career. Sgt. Lowe was the School Resource Officer (SRO) for Jack Britt High School from 2001 when the school opened until his promotion in 2008. In his current position, Sgt. Lowe is the supervisor for all of the SROs in Cumberland County. He is married with seven children and 22 grandchildren. In speaking with Sgt. Lowe yesterday, he said that he is so blessed to have three families: his own, the Sheriff’s Department, and his Jack Britt family. His time, dedication, and love for the students and school has left quite a legacy. Moreover, tonight’s first pitch will certainly be added to his scrapbook of treasured memories in his time at Jack Britt. Rocking his new Jack Britt hat tonight, you can expect to hear, “Buccaneers in the house!”
In the case that you were not able to make the Jack Britt – South View game back on March 15th, Mr. Bruce Armstrong wrote a small piece about the game and the program in today’s Observer. Follow the link to the article.
The bats for the Buccaneers came out last night as Jack Britt defeated E.E. Smith 12-1, improving their record to 4-4 and 3-1 in the Mid-South Conference. The game started with a bang when sophomore right-fielder Dustin Adams hit a double into right field. Adams had arguably the best game of the evening going 3 for 3 with two doubles, a triple, five RBIs, and three runs scored. Other offensive leaders for the Buccaneers were senior Christian Lugo [3-4, 2(2B), 3B, RBI] and senior second baseman Brandon Culbreth [2-3, 2(2B), R, 3 RBIs].
On the mound Christian Lugo threw a one-hit gem through five innings and was replaced by sophomore Zachary Acosta who gave up the Golden Bulls’ only run in two innings of work. The Buccaneers hope to continue this trend on Friday as they face the Falcons of 71st. As a part of the new “first pitch” tradition, this Friday Jack Britt Field will see the return of Sergeant Lester Lowe (known more affectionately as D-Lowe) to the school.
Finally, the Buccaneer program would like to thank the Acosta family as well as the Adams and Stanifers for providing the food and drinks for the pre-game meal that has become tradition in the new program.