2018-03-07 / Sports

Bears have victorious week


Senior George McKenzie trying to tag out ECI player at first base during the Diamond Day game last Saturday. Senior George McKenzie trying to tag out ECI player at first base during the Diamond Day game last Saturday. The Burke County Bears had a great week, winning all of their games. Last Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Bears defeated Effingham County 3-2 and on Saturday, March 3, in the annual Diamond Day games, the Bears defeated ECI 11-4 followed by a win over Harlem 10-8.

Head coach Billy Marchman said the win over Effingham last Wednesday was a big one for the team.

“Thirteen players entered the contest, and all of them contributed some kind of detail to help us get the win,” he said. “Effingham is a quality opponent that was well coached with a lot of talent on their roster.”

On the mound, senior Bill Knight pitched 6.2 innings and had 7 strikeouts, 2 walks and 2 runs and allowed 3 hits. Sophomore Preston Price finished out the game with 3 strikeouts, 1 walk and allowed 1 hit.

Seniors Knight, JT Philpott, George McKenzie and Drew Torek all hit 2-4. McKenzie and Philpott both got an RBI. Junior Colby Baker was 1-5 with an RBI and freshman Evan Richardson hit 1-3. Baker’s hit during the tied eighth inning ended the game in a dramatic walk-off win.

On Diamond Day, the Bears started against Emanuel County Institute, defeating them with a tremendous fifth inning boost of seven runs after a tight loss to ECI on Feb. 21.

Marchman said it was another great victory for the team.

“ECI has had our number for the past two seasons, defeating us in close games that we just did not do a good job finishing or capitalizing on opportunities to win against them,” he said. “This time around, the motto was to get more base runners on the bags and apply pressure on offense.”

Playing against ECI, Price was on the mound for 6.2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 5 walks and striking out 4.

McKenzie led the Bears in hitting against ECI as he went 2-3, followed by Philpott, Torek and Richardson, who all hit 1-2. Philpott picked up 2 RBIs and Richardson had 1 RBI. Copeland was 1-4 and Knight was 1-1 with an RBI.

The Bears defeated Harlem 10-8 later on Saturday after taking the lead late in the game. The game was tied at seven with the Bears batting in the bottom of the sixth when junior Keenan Bennett doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring 1 run.

The Bears used three guys on the mound against Harlem. Baker went three innings and allowed 7 hits and 7 runs, a walk and had 4 strikeouts. Copeland was in for 1.1 innings and recorded 3 strikeouts, 1 hit and a walk, and Bennett closed with the final 2.2 innings with 3 strikeouts, 3 hits, 3 walks and a run.

Leading hitters were McKenzie who hit 2-3, Philpott and Richardson were both 1-2 with Philpott getting 2 RBIs. Bennett and Baker were both 1-1, both getting an RBI. Knight was 1-3 with 2 RBIs and Price 2-4 with an RBI.

Marchman said he has been very proud of the team as they played with pride all four games. He said the crew is scrappy and they are learning how to compete no matter who is in the line-up.

“We had a really strong week winning four games. We scored thirty-eight runs and allowed eighteen runs during the week,” he said. “I am very proud of my team as they played with pride all four games. We open up region play this week, and I hope we are prepared to go win the games now that count.”

The Bears played Cross Creek in Augusta on Tuesday, March 6, but results weren’t available at press time. They will play ARC in Augusta this Friday, March 9, at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, March 10, they’ll head to Effingham County for a 1 p.m. game.

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