2017-03-15 / Sports

Bears throw shutout games against ARC and Jenkins County

By David Stembridge


Junior Bill Knight led the Bears with 3 hits in 3 at bats against Jenkins County High School last Thursday. Junior Bill Knight led the Bears with 3 hits in 3 at bats against Jenkins County High School last Thursday. The Burke County Bears shut out both the Academy of Richmond County and Jenkins County High School last week. On Thursday they defeated Jenkins County 10-0 and on Friday defeated ARC 30-0.

Head coach Billy Marchman said that junior Houston Copeland dominated on the mound by locating his fastball and off speed to keep the Jenkins County Eagles from ever getting comfortable in the box.

“Our defense played perfect behind him with an error-free night,” Marchman said. “Houston is a big part of our plan moving forward as we will need him to be solid as the year progresses to give us the depth we need at the pitcher position. He had it all working for him, and it was fun to watch from my seat.”

Marchman said the Bears are playing good baseball and that he hopes they are buying in to the disciplined approach the coaches are holding them accountable for. “We have been working, hard learning how to practice better meaning not practicing too long but practicing smart and with pace,” he said. “I like this team, and they together could accomplish a lot this season if they continue to build their team chemistry.”

Leading hitters for the Bears against Jenkins were junior Bill Knight, who hit 3-3 with 3 singles, 2 RBIs, 3 runs and 2 walks; freshman Preston Price, 1-2 with a double, 2 RBIs and 2 walks; and senior Benji Brown, 1-3 with a single, 3 RBIs and a walk.

Junior George McKenzie was 2-4 with 2 singles and a run; junior Drew Torek, 2-5 with 2 singles, 2 RBIs and a run; and senior Dalton Kessinger, 1-3 with a single.

The Bears threw another shutout against ARC on Friday night 30-0. Marchman said that as a team, they collected 13 hits on the night. Price and Kessinger combined efforts to pitch the shutout game.

“We received much help from ARC,” Marchman said, noting that the Musketeers made nine errors that enabled the Bears to reach base on error four times along with three fielder choices. “Their pitching staff also allowed twelve walks, and we were able to steal eight bags that gave us extra base runners and more scoring opportunities.”

Leading against ARC for the Bears were Knight, 3-3 with a single, a double, a homerun, 3 RBIs, 5 runs, a walk and 2 stolen bases; McKenzie, 3-4 with 3 singles, 2 RBIs, 4 runs and a walk; Brown, 2-4 with 2 singles, 2 RBIs, 4 runs and a stolen base; and Price, 1-2 with a single, 3 RBIs, 3 runs, 3 walks and a stolen base.

Sophomore Colby Baker was 1-3 with a single, 1 RBI, 3 runs, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases; junior Zach Martin, 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, 2 runs and a stolen base; Kessinger, 1-2 with a single, 3 RBIs and a run; and senior Carl Lewis, 1-2 with a single and a run.

The Bears played Cross Creek at home yesterday (Tuesday) but results were not available at press time. They place ARC at home Friday, March 17, and travel to face Baldwin Tuesday, March 21. Both games are scheduled for 5 p.m.

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