Tonight the Jack Britt Buccaneers travel to the Golden Bulls of E.E. Smith in an effort to improve their record in conference play. The Buccaneers come in to tonight's match-up 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference. The Golden Bulls are 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the Mid-South Conference.
Coming into the season, the E.E. Smith coach remarked in The Fayetteville Observer, "The team has much talent evenly among the seniors, juniors, sophomores, and a couple of freshmen. We expect to be very competitive for years to come." As a sidenote, there will not be a JV game this evening due to E.E. Smith not having a JV team this season. Come out and support the Buccaneers as they continue their path to the Mid-South Conference Championship.
On Friday evening against Pine Forest, both the JV and Varsity Buccaneers improved their conference records to 1-2 and 2-1 respectively. Prior to the Varsity game, the first pitch was delivered from the school's fearless southpaw Ms. Garison. Walked out by senior Jonathon Creedmore, Ms. Garison delivered a strike to catcher Matt McKnight. The Buccaneers' coaching staff and players would once again like to thank Ms. Garison for joining us.
The Buccaneers got good pitching once again from starter Nick Nagowski who improved his record to 2-1 (2-0 in conference play). Jack Britt took a 5-0 lead into the fifth inning where some mishaps and mistakes, along with some timely Trojan hitting, allowed Pine Forest to climb right back into the game. After the lead was held bysophomore Dustin Adams, the Buccaneers looked to their senior pitcher Christian Lugo to save the game - which he did in dramatic fashion by striking out two of the three batters faced.
On Saturday, the Buccaneers hosted the Fighting Scots of Scotland County. The 2006 State Champions game to Jack Britt Field and showed their offensive prowess which was certainly coupled by untimely errors in the field by Jack Britt. The combination of good hitting and pitching from the Scots led them to a 13-4 victory in 7 innings. Sophomore Dustin Adams got the loss (1-1 record), allowing 6 runs (3 earned) in 4 and 1/3 innings. Senior Brandon Culbreth and sophomore Zachary Acosta finished the game off. The hitting for the Buccaneers was a bit stagnant only collecting 3 hits (Adams, Lugo, and Lopez).
After a disappointing non-conference loss, the Buccaneers (3-4, 2-1) will certainly look to bounce back as they travel E.E. Smith on Tuesday and will host 71st High School on Friday. The Buccaneers hope to see you at the games.
The Buccaneers look to move their record in the right direction tonight as they take on the Trojans of Pine Forest at 430 pm and 700 pm. The Buccaneers are not only looking forward to the game this evening but they are also pleased to have their principal Ms. Denise Garison throw out the first pitch this evening.
Ms. Garison took over as principal of Jack Britt in 2009 and the school has continued to move in the proper direction without missing a beat. Ms. Garison has over twenty years of experience both in the classroom and as an administrator. In her short tenure as principal, Jack Britt has continued to flourish with the school being named a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence. Jack Britt, for the second time, was named a bronze medal winner as one of “America’s Best High Schools” by US News and World Report. In 2010, the school was the recipient of The Education Trust’s “Dispelling the Myth” Award for its success in reducing the achievement gap in education. Ms. Garison’s tireless efforts to build on the school’s success have earned her national recognition. Ms. Garison has been interviewed by the likes of Tom Brokaw and has been asked to speak at public engagements all over the country.
It is going to be a great evening for baseball and the Buccaneers hope to provide its fans with a great atmosphere and an even better performance.
Last night’s theatrics that is all a part of travelling to “The Jungle” certainly did not upstage what was a wonderfully played game between two quality teams. The Buccaneers were led by senior Christian Lugo both at the plate and on the mound. Senior centerfielder David Lopez also sparked the team with a lead-off double in the fifth inning that led to the Buccaneers’ second and final run of the evening. After surrendering three runs in the sixth inning, the Buccaneers fought back but fell short, stranding runners on second and third to end the game.
The Buccaneers will certainly regroup and refocus as they prepare for the Trojans of Pine Forest who are led by the renowned Coach Tom Willoughby. The Trojans will travel to Jack Britt Field on Friday, March 18th. The Trojans bring with them a record of 3-4 and 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference.