Bears Baseball battles hard in BG; falls to Trojans, Gators, and Purples
The BCHS Bears baseball team traveled to Bowling Green to take part in the Bowling Green/Warren County Invitational Tournament over the weekend. The Bears suffered three losses in the tournament, with two close games.
The first match-up of the tournament was against the North Hardin High School Trojans (11-4). The Bears jumped out to an early lead of 2-0, and Bears pitcher Caleb Hunt was able to hold the Trojans quiet, not giving up a hit until the 5th inning. However, in the 6th inning the Trojan bats seemed to wake up and scored 5 runs. BCHS was unable to match the Trojans over the next two innings, despite good at-bats at the plate. Senior Cole Tynes relieved Hunt on the mound in the 7th inning, striking out one and not allowing any runs. Third baseman Blake Graham continued to stay hot at the plate, picking up two hits. The Bears suffered a defeat of 5-2.
After the loss, Bears Coach Kevin Winn said, “I was happy with how we fought. We just let one big inning from North Hardin beat us.”
Following the contest against North Hardin, BCHS faced the home team, the Greenwood Gators. Walks and errors killed the Bears in the second game of the night. Greenwood was able to jump out to an 11-0 lead after the first two innings of play. The Bears threw 4 different pitchers in the five-inning run-rule game. The Bears walked 9 batters and committed 3 errors, allowing Greenwood to score 16 runs. Drew Clark made his first varsity appearance on the mound and struck-out two batters in his 1 inning of work while not allowing any runs to cross the plate. The BCHS offense did not provide much help only collecting 1 run off 2 hits by Blake Graham and Cole Tynes. The final score was 16-1.
Saturday the Bears had a chance to redeem themselves playing the Purples at Bowling Green High School. The Purples were 13-0 coming into the game and are currently ranked number 6 in the state (KHSBCA Top 25). The Bears did not appear to be intimidated. After giving up 3 runs in the first inning, senior right handed pitcher Dillen White only allowed 2 more runs the rest of the game. White only threw 71 pitches in 6 innings, while not walking a single batter. The bats for the Bears woke up after the tough loss the night before and were able to push across 3 runs. The 3 runs were not enough, however, and the Bears suffered a 5-3 defeat. Caleb Hunt and Clark Parker each collected a hit on the day.
Coach Winn was happy with how his team played stating, “We were able to forget about the hard loss the night before and came out and fought hard. I was very proud of how our guys battled. We put ourselves in position to beat a very good Bowling Green team. We just didn’t get the big hits we needed with runners in scoring position.”
The Bears have a very busy week ahead. They hosted Greenwood last night, they will travel to Caverna Tuesday, play at Warren Central on Thursday, and finish the week up at Logan County on Saturday.