2019-03-13 / Sports

Bears claim two region wins

DIANA ROYAL


Burke County catcher Evan Richardson makes the tag against ARC. Burke County catcher Evan Richardson makes the tag against ARC. The Bears baseball team added two region victories to their record last week after defeating both Cross Creek and ARC.

On Tuesday, the Bears fought a hard battle against Cross Creek’s Razorbacks, taking a late game lead after entering the fifth inning tied at three.

“After an error and going down 3-0, we never hung our heads and continued to keep fighting our way back into the game,” said head coach Billy Marchman of their 7-5 win ,adding that he and Colby Baker had a plan all week that they executed to a tee. “I told Colby that they have scored a lot of their runs this year, not by the hits that they get but by all the walks that they draw from opposing pitchers which allows them to have extra base runners throughout the game. When that happens, their better hitters get more at bats in the game. Colby pounded the strike zone, facing 23 batters in the game and he had 22 batters in an 0-1 count with a first pitch strike. Batting averages go down when pitchers get ahead in the count that is just how baseball works.”

In fact, in Baker’s 6.1 innings at the mound, he threw a total of 62 strikes and allowed zero walks in the game. “The only bad pitch he threw was hitting a Cross Creek batter with a curve ball that he started off a little too much inside to the batter,” Marchman said. Baker allowed just 10 hits and struck out two, while giving up 5 runs and 3 earned runs.

The Bears had just one error in the game’s duration, and catcher Evan Richardson shut down Cross Creek’s running game when they were on base, throwing out one of two steal attempts, fielding a sac bunt for a put out and having only one pass ball out of 100 pitches thrown his way. “Offensively, we played to my strength as a coach,” Marchman went on to say. “My philosophy is to score seven runs any way you can, and you will win a many of games. We recorded eight hits and added more base runners with drawing six walks, five reached on an error, and one hit by pitch. We gave ourselves opportunities to score the seven runs with twenty times we reached first base during the game. I knew Cross Creek had one solid pitcher so we tried to grind him out, and we made him throw strikes. He threw a 110 pitches and they were forced to go to the bullpen … This was a big region win for us, and we are going to just keep trying to improve so that we can continue to play well throughout region play.”

Lead hitters for the Bears were Preston Price, who was 2-2 with 2 singles, a run scored, a walk and a HBP; Evan Sebold, 2-3 with 2 singles and an RBI; Evan Richardson, 1-4 with a single, an RBI and a run scored; Jalin Simon, 1-2 with a single, a run scored, a walk and a stolen base; Kameron Skinner, 1-4 with a single and a stolen base; and Colby Baker, 1-4 with a single. Dougie Springer had 2 walks, 2 runs scored and a stolen base; Jed Osborn had a walk, an RBI and a run scored; and Chris Buxton pinch ran in the bottom of the fifth and scored a run.

On Friday, March 8, the Bear defeated ARC 13-3.

Skinner was 4-4 with a double, 3 singles, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases, while Sebold was 2-4 with a double, a single, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Richardson went 2-4 with a double, a single and 2 RBIs and Springer went 2-3 with 2 singles, 2 runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.

Ethan Rabun pitched 1.2 innings giving up 3 hits, 3 walks and striking out 3 .He had 3 unearned runs. Price put in 4.1 innings with 3 hits, no walks, no hits and10 strikeouts.

The Bears traveled to Baldwin on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. They’ll play at Thomson on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m., and at Harlem on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m.

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