The Bears nabbed the lead late in the first game in a 3-2 victory over Thomson Tuesday, March 22. The game was tied at two with the Bears batting in the bottom of the fifth when an error scored one run for BCHS.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Burke County pitchers struck out 17, while Thomson pitchers sat down five.
BCHS opened up scoring in the first inning when Dylan Dixon singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.
Aiden Roberson was the winning pitcher for the Bears. Roberson surrendered two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out 11. Marshall Flowers threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Flowers recorded the last six outs to earn the save for Burke County.
Logan Land started the game for Thomson. Land surrendered three runs on four hits over four and two-thirds innings, striking out three. Dalton Gregen threw one and one-third innings out of the bullpen. Matthew Dena went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Thomson in hits.
Coach Billy Marchman said, “Our team saw the ball well, racking up six hits in the game. Dixon and Beckam Ramirez all collected multiple hits for us. Ramirez and Dixon each collected two hits to lead the Bears, who didn’t commit a single error in the field.”
Brice Marchman had 18 chances in the field, the most on the team. Jahkari Howard led Burke County with three stolen bases, with the team having a total of six.
STATS – GAME ONE
Offense: Beckam Ramirez – double, 3
singles, 5 RBI’s; Seth Meador – double, 2 singles, RBI, 3 runs scored, fielder choice, stolen base; Marshall Flowers – 2 singles, run scored, fielder choice; Owen Adams – 2 singles, RBI, 2 runs scored, walk, Sac Fly; Jakhari Howard – single, 2 RBI’s, 3 runs scored, 4 walks, Sac Fly, 5 stolen bases; CJ Johnson – single, 2 RBI’s, 3 runs scored, 2 reach on error; Phillip Hodges – single, run scored, walk, hit by pitch, stolen base; Myles Heatwole – single, 2 walks, run scored, hit by pitch
Dylan Dixon – reach on error, 2 walks, RBI, run scored, fielder choice.
Phillip Hodges – 3.0 innings pitched allowed 5 hits, 4 runs with 3 earned, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts; Jakhari Howard – 1.0 inning pitched allowed 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts; Hunter Carroll – 1.0 inning pitched allowed 2 runs with 1 earned, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts; Aiden Roberson – 2.0 innings pitched allowed a hit, a walk, 4 strikeouts
Marshall Flowers was brilliant on the mound in game two as he threw a no-hitter to lead Burke County past Thomson 13-0.
Myles Heatwole drove in five runs, going 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in runs on a single in the first, a double in the third and a double in the fifth.
Burke County scored five runs in the fourth inning. Beckam Ramirez, Heatwole, Owen Adams, and Seth Meador all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.
Flowers surrendered zero runs on zero hits over five innings, striking out six and walking one.
Matthew Dena took the loss for Thomson. The bulldog surrendered nine runs on eight hits over three innings, striking out three.
Burke County tallied 12 hits with Adams, Heatwole, Flowers, and Jahkari Howard each collecting multiple hits. Heatwole and Adams each managed three hits. The Bears tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases.
STATS – GAME TWO
Myles Heatwole – 2 doubles, single, 5 RBI’s, 3 runs scored, hit by pitch, stolen base; Owen Adams – triple, 2 singles, 3 RBI”s, Sac Fly; Jakhari Howard – 2 singles, 3 runs scored, walk, 2 stolen bases; Beckam Ramirez – single, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs scored, walk, Sac Fly, stolen base; Seth Meador – single, 2 RBI’s; Marshall Flowers – double, single; Dylan Dixon – 3 walks, 3 runs scored, stolen base; CJ Johnson – reach on error, run scored; Phillip Hodges – sac bunt, run scored, hit by pitch, 2 stolen bases.
Marshall Flowers – 5.0 innings pitch and completed game with a no hitter and shutout with allowing a walk and a hit by pitch with 6 strikeouts.