2013-04-24 / Sports

Bears breeze past first round of region playoffs

The streak continues
By David Stembridge


Kris Skinner slides into second for one of his two doubles in the game. Kris Skinner slides into second for one of his two doubles in the game. The Burke County Bears (20- 3) breezed by their first opponent in the Region 3-AAAA tournament last week, defeating Liberty County 14-4 and then 18-2 in the best-of-three series.

The win came after the Bears defeated Richmond Academy17 2 on Senior Night Monday.

Head Coach Billy Marchman said they had a great week and improved their mental toughness.

“Offensively, we have been lights out this week and our pitchers have dominated,” he said.

Junior Rusty Gay thought the first round went well and believes this season’s Bears are unique.

“We’ve all been together since middle school, we’ve been with Coach Marchman since then and we all have that brotherly bond,” he said. “We don’t have just a couple of big players. We have everyone doing their jobs, coming through for us.”

In the first game against Liberty County, senior Bobby Gay was the winning pitcher, getting four strikeouts in five innings. At the plate, Jay Dye scored a home run and batted 2-3 with 2 RBIs earned. Middleton was 3- 3 with an RBI, Kris Skinner hit 2-2 with 2 RBIs and Johnathan Wilson was 1-3 with an RBI.

In the second game against Liberty, Wilson hit a home run and pitched the first four innings. Nathan Stanley pitched the fifth inning to close. Wilson and Bobby Gay were both 3-4 at the plate. Wilson picked up 4 RBIs and Bobby Gay recorded 1 RBI. Both scored 2 runs each. Jay Johnson hit 2-4 and got 2 RBIs as well and scored 3 runs for the Bears. Middleton batted 1-4 with 3 RBIs and Dye hit 1-3 with 2 RBIs.

Against Richmond Academy Sheldin Middleton, was 1-2 with a homerun. Bobby Gay batted 2-3 and recorded 2 RBIs. Wilson and Johnson both hit 1- 2, with Wilson recording 2 RBIs and Johnson 3. Winning pitcher Kris Skinner pitched four innings and recorded 4 strikeouts.

Coach Marchman hopes they can pull a few more wins as they move forward.

“We are seven innings away … twenty-one outs from playing for a first ever Region Championship and my guys have promised me they are ready for the heavyweight fight when the bell rings Tuesday night,” Coach Marchman said.

PLAYOFF ACTION

Yesterday (Tuesday), the Bears battled South Effingham, the No. 1 seed from the South sub-region, Tuesday for round two of the 3-AAAA playoffs, but results were not available by press time.

The final round of region playoffs will be on Friday evening. Check The True Citizen’s website, www.thetruecitizen.com, for details on Tuesday’s game and playoff updates.

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