2019-04-10 / Sports

BACK TO BACK region champs in baseball


They played a nearly flawless game in the biggest one of the season to date, and they walked away from it with a championship trophy for the second year in a row.

“The guys had a laser focus about them and played together with a lot of passion,” head coach Billy Marchman said following the varsity Bears’ 9-2 win over Thomson on Tuesday, which earned them the back-toback region titles in baseball. “I am very proud of this group of young men. We have a special bond and we have fun together. They work extremely hard year round, and I am so happy they were able to accomplish such an important team goal they set for themselves.”

Marchman went on to say the boys played near perfection, excelling in the three areas he personally believes to be the biggest factory in winning these huge games: walks allowed by pitcher, hits with runners in scoring position and two-out RBIs. “Preston Price pitched a complete game with pinpoint command, allowing no walks. Our hitters tallied nine hits, and eight of those hits were with runners in scoring position. Lastly, we had six hits with two outs that resulted in RBIs.”

The Bears celebrated their victory over Thomson and region championship title on Tuesday. The Bears celebrated their victory over Thomson and region championship title on Tuesday. In addition to a stellar performance from the plate, Price also had a good day behind the bat as he nailed 3 hits, including a double and 2 singles, and brought in 4 RBIs as well as scoring a run himself. From the mound, he allowed just 5 hits and 2 runs (which were both unearned in the Bears’ only error of the game) and threw 6 strikeouts.

Other lead hitters included Evan Sebold, who had 2 singles and 2 RBIs, and Ethan Rabun, who had 2 singles, an RBI and a run scored.

Rabun, a freshman starter at third base, was ecstatic following the win.

“I’m truly grateful to be apart of the 2019 Bears. We have had a great season that’s full of memories that I will never forget,” he said. “We have created a bond that has brought us closer together as a team. Mistakes were made and lessons were learned, but in the end, we came out on top. Freshman year is definitely one for the books.”

The region title wasn’t the only thing the Bears baseball team celebrated last week. On Wednesday, they traveled to Lincoln County and defeated the Red Devils 13-2, marking Marchman’s 100th win as the coach over the program.

“Seven years ago, I made a promise to a group of people who interviewed me that if given an opportunity, I would work hard to build a baseball program for our school and community,” he said. “This job is my life, and I love waking up every day to go back to a place that is a home to me. This is a dream come true ... I’ve been a part of many great memories that I have been honored to share with so many kids ... one hundred wins earned on a baseball field by teams that now wear and did wear a Burke County uniform.”

In Wednesday’s contest against Lincoln County, the Bears’ bats were hot as they collected 17 hits to score just over a dozen runs.

Price once again lead the offensive effort. With 3 hits he tallied a 2-run homer, a double, a single, 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Colby Baker added a solo home thy kicked off the first inning, as well as a single, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Kam Skinner had a double, 2 singles, 2 RBIs, a run scored and a HBP.

Sebold and Baker combined from mound, with both pitchers allowing 2 hits each. Sebold also had a walk, 2 unearned runs and a strikeout while Baker had 2 strikeouts.

Up next, the Bears compete in non-region games to finish out the season and prepare for the state playoffs. They’ll play at home on April 17 against Jenkins County, which will also be Recreation Night with the Bears and senior night, and will play again Friday, April 19 at home against Screven. Both games are at 5:30 p.m.

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