By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
The Glynn Academy Red Terrors jumped all over Brunswick High Monday night in the opening game of the three-game City Championship series between the local rivals, rolling to a 12-1 victory over the Pirates at Adam Wainwright Field.
The Terrors scored two runs in the first, four in the second and six in the third as the game was shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
The Pirates scored their only run in the top of the fourth to avoid the shutout.
With the Region 2-AAAAAA victory, the Terrors improved to 10-4 on the season and 6-1 in league games.
The big loss dropped the Pirates to 8-6 overall and 3-4 in the region.
The Terrors opened region play two weeks ago with a three-game sweep of South Effingham before winning the first two last week against Richmond Hill and falling 7-4 in the third contest with a chance for a second straight sweep.
Brunswick has now lost the first game in each of its first three league series. The Pirates lost at Richmond Hill in their first league game, but bounced back to take the second and third games of the series.
Last week, the Pirates lost at home to Statesboro in the first game against the Blue Devils before winning the second game which also was played in Brunswick due to a schedule change. The Pirates led the third game Friday at Statesboro in the bottom of the seventh, but gave up five runs to the Blue Devils in their last at-bat and suffered a disappointing 9-8 loss.
On Monday, Glynn didn’t figure to need many runs to have a shot at winning with senior right-hander Shaun Munoz on the mound. The GA starter had not allowed an earned run in 30 innings pitched coming into the opener against the rival Pirates.
Munoz (4-0), who worked all five innings for the victory, held the Pirates without a hit or a run through three innings on Monday. Brunswick’s first hit was a single by Riley Morgan to open the fourth. He would score Brunswick’s only run of the night when Caden Hutchinson doubled to the gap in left center with no outs to bring him home.
The side-arm pitcher finished the game surrendering only three hits while striking out five and walking two.
The Terrors banged out nine hits against three BHS pitchers including six against starter Kyle Lodise who didn’t make it out of the second inning. He was charged with nine runs while walking three and fanning one.
Glynn’s hit parade was led by senior leadoff batter Blake Wood who has been struggling at the plate. He had a breakout game for the Terrors as he roped back-to-back triples and also singled through the left side to go a perfect 3-for-3 on the night while scoring three runs and driving in four.
Wood also walked and scored in the first when Joe Cutia knocked a hit through the middle with two strikes and two outs to plate the first two runs of the game for Glynn. Gus Gandy also walked as the second batter for GA and scored on Cutia’s clutch hit.
Wood’s first triple was a blast to deep left center and emptied the bases which were full when he came to bat for the second time in Glynn’s four-run second inning. Gandy brought home Wood with a sacrifice fly to center field for the second out.
Glynn would plate six runs in the third inning as the Terrors sent 11 batters to the plate. BHS hit a pair of batters in the big at-bat for the Terrors, committed an error that led to two runs and also walked two batters.
Also in the frame, Wood tripled for the second time and brought home his fourth run of the game. Jackson Bufkin also drove in two runs with a double into the left-field corner.
Bufkin finished with two hits for Glynn as did Jack Anderson who scored twice. Tom Echols also had a hit for the Terrors in the triumph.
The BHS pitchers combined to hit six batters in the five innings. Glynn’s Tyler Devlin got hit three times while Spence Hartman was hit twice.
In addition to Morgan and Hutchinson, Isaiah Wellman had a hit for the Pirates.
Wellman is the expected starter for the Pirates in Game 2 on Wednesday when the series moves to Bud Couch Field on the BHS campus. He was the winning pitcher in the middle game of the previous two region series for the Pirates.
Glynn will counter with Echols or Wood on Wednesday. Wood worked the second game of the opening region series against South Effingham, but Echols pitched the middle game last week against Richmond Hill.
Wednesday’s game is set for a 6 p.m. start.