Bucs down but not out

Coming off recent wins, Bartlett Yancey boys baseball failed to start their game on the road against Reidsville Rams with any steam. Neither team scored until the third inning, and that was done by the Rams.

Senior Keith Mims started a rally with a line drive single. Chase Johnson later drove in Mims to cut the lead in half.

With the verbal support of Yanceyville hoots and hollers, Micah New, towering over the plate, paid his teammate Johnson back in kind, hitting a hard drive; sending Johnson home; and tying the game at 2-2.

In the same inning, the Rams answered with one additional run to jump back out to a 3-2 lead.

As the innings went on, the cheering and perhaps the spirits of the BY boys quieted and the other side grew loud and rowdy. The gap worsened for the Bucs.

By the end of the fifth, Reidsville was ahead 6-2. For the next two innings, neither team would score. In total, BY had seven hits and two runs, compared to Reidsville’s nine and six.

Question is, will this loss end the Bucs chances for a championship game?

Bartlett Yancey is now 8-10 in the Mid-State 2A Conference, but they’re not out yet. Carrboro is 5-10; Durham is 5-10; Graham is 3-13; and Cummings is 0-11, making BY third in the conference. They may qualify by winning the conference tournament.

If they don't win the tournament, they may still get in at large bid.

The Buccaneers (8-10) next match is against N.C. School of Science and Math (11-0) in Durham on Monday, April 29. They played NCSSM tight in the first matchup between the two teams, a 3-1 extra innings loss back on March 19.