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The Brunswick Community College baseball team moved closer to winning its first conference championship by beating No. 6-ranked Patrick Henry Community College 8-1 and 6-2 Saturday at West Brunswick High School.
BCC improved its league-leading conference record to 17-2. PHCC, which entered games in second place, dropped to 15-6.
BCC has seven conference games left. The qualifier for the NJCAA Division II World Series is May 14-18 at PHCC in Martinsville, Va.
Brock Holmes (8-1) struck out 10 in the nine-inning first game. He gave up six hits, two walks and one unearned run. Holmes’ eight victories are team record.
PHCC scored an unearned run in the first. BCC scored twice in the second, on Trey Euverard’s double and John Faircloth’s grounder. His sacrifice fly in the fifth added another run. BCC scored three runs in the sixth, on a single by Caleb Hall, a sacrifice fly by Robert Long and a walk to Faircloth. BCC scored its final two runs in the eighth, on a sacrifice by Faircloth and a double by Ben Morris.
BCC turned two double plays. The third inning ended on a strikeout by Holmes and a throw out by catcher Josh Powell. In the fifth, shortstop Jay Cannon, second baseman Ryne Poplin and first baseman Ben Morris turned a double play.
Faircloth finished 1-for-2 with a walk and four RBIs. Euverard was 3-for-5 with one RBI. Cannon was 3-for-5. Powell was 2-for-4. Long was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Hall was 1-for-4 with one RBI. Morris was 1-for-5 with a double and one RBI. Miles Landron and Poplin also had hits.
In the second game, Ben Morris hit a three-run home in the first inning. Morris has hit nine home runs, a team record, this season. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
BCC scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth in the victory. Euverard finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Cannon was 1-for-4 with one RBI. Faircloth was 1-for-3 with a walk and one RBI. Powell, Poplin, Hall and Long also had hits.
Starter Travis Bradley was the winning pitcher, giving up one run and four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Alexander Wardenfelt pitched the final two innings, giving up a home run. He walked two and struck out two.