2018-04-11 / Sports

Bears pick up spring break win over Lincoln County


The team celebrates with senior Bill Knight after he hit a three-run home-run at Monday night’s game against Lincoln County. The team celebrates with senior Bill Knight after he hit a three-run home-run at Monday night’s game against Lincoln County. The Burke County Bears (13- 3, 6-1) defeated Harlem (17-8, 9-2) last Tuesday, April 3, by 10-6, and on Monday night, April 9, they celebrated senior night by defeating Lincoln County by 16-4, both in non conference games.

Head coach Billy Marchman said that they don’t usually play during spring break, but he wanted the team to stay sharp and not take an entire week off from playing or practicing.

“The plan was to keep our momentum and try to stay on a scheduled plan,” he said. “We were missing some key guys due to planned trips during the break, but I give a ton of credit to the guys who played a secondary position that they usually may not play regularly.”

On the bump against Harlem was senior Bill Knight, who pitched five complete innings and struck out 8, allowed 3 hits, 5 walks and 5 runs. Sophomore Preston Price finished the final two innings striking out 3 and allowing no hits and 2 walks.

Leading the Bears in hitting was Knight, who was 3-4 and had a three-run home run, 2 singles, 3 RBIs, 3 runs and a walk. Senior Houston Copeland hit 2-3 with 2 singles, a run and a walk. Price was 1-4 with a single, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, a walk and a fielder’s choice. Freshman Evan Richardson was 1-4 with a single and a walk and junior Colby Baker hit a fielder’s choice, got an RBI, a run and a walk.

Marchman said the guys really showed that they can move some people around and still be a competitive group.

“This is a plus for coaches because this adds depth to position play in case of an emergency later down the road,” he said.

Monday night’s win over Lincoln County started early due to a strong start. The Bears scored 7 runs in both the first and second innings. Marchman said that all the guys penciled to the lineup card got a chance to play during the game.

“Our three, four, five pitchers in the rotation got some good work in a non-region game,” he said, adding that Knight had the big highlight of the evening with a three-run homer for the second time in a week.

Richardson started out the game, and was credited with the win, allowing zero hits and one run. Baker and Copeland entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Leading the Bears in hitting were Knight who was 2-4 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs and Copeland and senior JT Philpott who were both 1-1. Copeland had a run, an RBI and a walk and Philpott had 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a walk as well. Sophomore Justin Griffin hit 1-1 and got a walk and freshman Tripp Cibak was 1-1 with 2 runs. Richardson got 1-2 and got 2 RBIs and a run.

The Bears played Thomson on Tuesday, April 10, but results were not available by press time. On Friday, April 13, they travel to Hephzibah with the final region match starting at 5:30 p.m.

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