Captian Shreve catcher Denver Dixon tries to catch trent Touchet buts throws him out at first.

 

Captian Shreve catcher Denver Dixon tries to catch trent Touchet buts throws him out at first.

Captain Shreve wanted to erase any memory of the game one blowout loss to Byrd before the start of a critical game two in the best-of-3 second round playoff series.

They received a few extra hours to do so Saturday afternoon with a delayed start because of wet field conditions, but that wasn’t enough time for the Yellow Jackets’ bats to cool off.

The Byrd lineup picked up right where it left off, collecting 11 hits en route to a 7-5 victory and series sweep over rival Shreve. The Jackets advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll face another District 1-5A rival Airline.

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Brennan Ertz delivered at the plate and on the mound for the Jackets. The senior got the start and pitched three innings, allowing two earned runs. However, his biggest impact came on offense.

Hitting from the No. 8 spot in the order, Ertz went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. He also stole two bases and put pressure on whoever was on the mound for the Gators.

“We’ve juggled a couple lineups throughout the year,” said Byrd head coach Greg Williams. “Those guys could be hitting at the top. It’s a total team effort. A lot of times that’s just kind of coach-talk, but it truly is. It’s fun to coach them and I’m proud to coach them.”

Ertz’s fifth inning single drove in a pair of runs that turned out being the difference for the Jackets. Steeler Netterville, Blaine Hardy and closer Jonathan Finches slammed the door on the Gators comeback attempt and season. Hardy earned the win, throwing 1 2/3 innings in relief with two strikeouts.

“I was hitting my spots, but they were getting a few bloop hits here and there,” Ertz said. “I have trust in my teammate and I let them come in and shove.”

GALLERY: Photos from game one of Byrd and Captain Shreve 

For the second consecutive game, Byrd found different ways to get on base and create offense. Once on base, they pressured the Shreve pitchers into long at-bats and second-guessing on the mound. It’s been a recipe for success all season for the Jackets.

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