The Burke County Bears baseball team began its season with four wins. Highlights from head coach Billy Marchman are listed below.
BCHS VS. AQUINAS, 7-2
Phillip Hodges got the win for Burke County. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over two innings, striking out four and walking zero. Marshall Flowers, Jahkari Howard and Aiden Roberson all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.
Dylan Dixon led the Bears with three hits in four at bats.
BCHS VS. GROVETOWN, 11-1
The Bears stole the lead late and defeated Grovetown 11-1 on Tuesday. The game was tied at one with the Bears batting in the bottom of the fourth when an error scored one run for Burke County.
Grovetown evened things up at one in the top of the second inning, but the Bears pulled away for good with two runs in the fourth inning. They went on to score five runs in the sixth inning. Jaidyn Foster, Marshall Flowers and Dylan Dixon each had RBIs in the frame.
Flowers led the Bears to victory on the mound. He lasted three innings, allowing zero hits and one run while striking out one. Phillip Hodges threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Bears totaled 11 hits in the game with Foster and Myles Heatwole earning two hits each, and the Bears as a whole did not commit a single error in the field.
BCHS VS. LAMAR COUNTY, 12-2
The Bears tallied five runs in the fifth inning. The offensive onslaught was led by Jahkari Howard, Marshall Flowers, Myles Heatwole and Beckam Ramirez, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Phillip Hodges was the winning pitcher for Burke County. The fireballer surrendered two runs on three hits over four innings, striking out seven and walking one. Flowers threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Brice Marchman smacked one home run on the day.
Flowers led Burke County Varsity Bears with two hits in three at bats.
BCHS VS. JENKINS COUNTY, 21-5
The Bears got things started in the first inning as Dylan Dixon hit a solo homer.
Jahkari Howard got the win for Burke County, going three innings, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out six. Myles Heatwole threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
In addition to Dixon’s homer, the Bears smacked two more on the day in the first inning. Howard put one out, and Heatwole had a four-bagger as well.
The Bears totaled 11 hits. Dixon, Heatwole and Brice Marchman each collected multiple hits. Howard led with four stolen bases as they ran wild on the base paths with 12 stolen bases total.
“We are off to a great start to the 2022 season with winning all four games the past two weeks in non-region play,” Marchman said. “We will play on the road twice this week: Emanuel County Institute Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 25, at Southeast Bulloch at 5:30 p.m. Region play is coming soon so hopefully we can continue to improve this week and keep finding ways to improve as a team.”