By Brian O’Shea, Plateau Daily News
Blue Ridge Middle School baseball team took it to the final inning, but scored a close 14-13 win against Cullowhee in the season opener last month at home.
BRS Alex Martinez slides into home against Cullowhee during the season opener on March 8.
“I think we played pretty good for the first game, and to have several kids who’ve never played before,” said BRS Coach Travis Russell.
Dominik Alcantar smiles after crossing home plate against Cullowhee.
He added that there are some areas to improve, but things are looking good.
“We made some mental errors that will be fixed simply by playing the game. Everyone was putting the bat on the ball, and making pretty smart decisions at the plate. We had several good defensive outs. I’m proud of them.”
BRS faced off against SME later that month and ended up with a loss. The Bobcats get a second chance today when they host Smoky Mountain Elementary at 4 p.m.
BRS Dakota Kinsey pitched the second half of the season opener.
BRS Logan Mathis keeps lead offs to a minimum at first base throughout the Cullowhee game, no freebies.
BRS Omar Santiz dodges some chin music against Cullowhee.
BRS April Corona waits for an opportunity to steal second base during the season opener. Also pictured at the top of the article.
BRS Mason Lincoln rips a base hit against Cullowhee at home.
BRS William Russell rips a fastball during the first half of the season opener against Cullowhee.
BRS Dominik Alcantar cranks one into the outfield.
BRS Dakota Kinsey scores a run against Cullowhee.
BRS Coach Travis Russell chats with his son William at third base.
BRS Omar Santiz cruises through first base, safe all day.
BRS Logan Mathis closes the inning at first base with out number 3.
BRS Dominik Alcantar crosses home plate with what appeared to be a premeditated victory dance.
BRS Alex Martinez stays laser focused on reaching home plate.