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POSTED: April 18, 2007 5:00 a.m.

The Redskins’ hosted region opponent Jenkins County in a home game Friday. Due in great part to the pitching excellence of Wesley Wilkes on the mound, the ‘Skins were rewarded with a 2-0 win.

Wilkes found his zone early in the game and, after 77 pitches in 7 innings, had struck out nine and allowed only one walk and two hits.

"Wesley is having a blast out there right now," said head coach Al Butler. "`For the last few weeks he has been totally focused on the mound with command of all of his pitches. When he is on, there is nothing he can’t do."

But you can’t win a ballgame with pitching only, and the Redskin offense stepped up to the plate like a team with winning in mind. The ‘Skins put nine hits on the board, but the Jenkins County defense managed to hold them to two runs.

After the fourth inning, with the game still scoreless, Coach Butler realized that a change in strategy was necessary and that his team was going to have to play small ball in order to make things happen. With Trey Boatright on third base, Bryce Mingledorf executed a perfect squeeze play that scored Boatright for the first run of the game.

Mingledorf would later come back and slam a hit to centerfield, but Trey Boatright held the star position in hitting Friday night with three hits for three at bats and batted in the second Redskin run in the sixth inning. Leading hitters for BCHS included Boatright 3 for 3 with and RBI, Barry Spencer 2 for 3, and Mingledorf 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Jenkins County threatened to score in the top of the fourth inning when a runner stole second base and the throw to second went wild. Shortstop Aaron Dudley retrieved the overthrown ball and threw out the runner at home plate to save the play.

The Redskins are currently 5-8 overall and 2-3 in the region.

They will face Calvary at home tomorrow, 4 p.m. start.

 

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