2014-04-02 / Sports

Bears top ARC in seventh for region win

By Anne Marie Kyzer


Kris Skinner, above, pitched seven innings in the win over Richmond Academy. Rusty Gay, below, loses his hat while making a play at first. Kris Skinner, above, pitched seven innings in the win over Richmond Academy. Rusty Gay, below, loses his hat while making a play at first. Burke County High School picked up two wins on the baseball diamond last week, one of them a region game against the Academy of Richmond County.

The Bears traded the lead five times with Richmond Academy last Tuesday before grabbing it for good to win 5-4.

Bears Head Coach Billy Marchman called the game a solid team win.

“The guys fought it out until the end,” he said, noting Martin Jarrett’s huge hit to give the Bears a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

“We gave up a run in the top of the seventh and were all tied but in the bottom of the seventh Jay Johnson sealed the deal with a walk off single to secure the region win.”

Kris Skinner threw all seven innings, striking out two. He gave up 3 hits and 6 walks. Of the Muskateers’ 4 runs, 3 were unearned due to 3 errors in the field.

Johnson led at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI, run and a walk. Jake Griffin was 1 for 4 with a run scored, and Seth Torek was 1 for 3 with a double. Jarrett was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBIs.

The Bears battered Jefferson County 12-3 on Monday, scoring 12 runs on 13 hits.

Coach Marchman said this was the first time they’d thrown the Griffin brothers as a combination on the mound. Senior Jake Griffin threw four innings leaving the game with an 8-3 lead, and sophomore Josh Griffin came in and threw three scoreless innings to secure the win for his brother and the save for him.

“They were excited and it was fun to have them both pitch so well together,” Coach Marchman said. “Our pitchers are working hard and we are finally creating a little more depth.”

Jake Griffin recorded 4 strikeouts and gave up 2 hits and 3 runs. Josh Griffin recorded 2 strikeouts and gave up no hits and no runs.

Johnson led again at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double and 3 RBIs. Courtesy runner Dylan Salas recorded 3 runs off of Johnson’s hits.

Jake Griffin was 2 for 3, with 3 runs and a walk.

Rusty Gay was 2 for 4, with a double, 2 RBIs, a run and a walk. Skinner was 2 for 4, with a double, 2 runs and a walk. Dylan Hanley was 2 for 4, with an RBI and 2 runs.

UP NEXT

Burke Co. vs. ECI
Wednesday, April 2 @ home
JV: 4:30 p.m.
Varsity: 6 p.m.
Burke Co. @ Hephzibah
4 p.m., Friday, April 4
Burke Co. @ Cross Creek
5 p.m., Tuesday, April 8
(make-up game)

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