Bears win two against Upson-Lee to take series

Beckham Ramirez reacts after scoring in the fifth inning when the Bears scored five more runs to put the game away (10-4 final). The Upson-Lee bench is seen in the background watching their hopes vanish.

Beckham Ramirez reacts after scoring in the fifth inning when the Bears scored five more runs to put the game away (10-4 final). The Upson-Lee bench is seen in the background watching their hopes vanish.

The BCHS bears baseball team won a two-out-of-three series against Upson-Lee in the first round of the state playoffs last weekend. They will face Stephens County in round 2 starting Wednesday (today).

GAME 1

Both teams were strong on the hill on Friday, but Upson- Lee was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over Burke County Friday. Phillip Hodges started the game for BCHS and recorded 12 outs.

Jackson Blakley pitched the Knights to victory. The righty allowed zero hits and one run over seven innings, striking out 15 and walking one.

Hodges took the loss, going four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out six.

Trae Jones went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Upson-Lee in hits.

GAME 2

In the second game of the double-header, Burke County got things moving in the second inning when an error scored the first of five runs for the Bears.

Marshall Flowers earned the victory on the hill for BCHS, allowing three hits and one run over six and a third innings, striking out seven. Aiden Roberson threw two-thirds of an inning out of the bullpen.

Jordan Wainwright was on the pitcher’s mound for Upson- Lee. The hurler allowed seven hits and four runs over three and a third innings, striking out three. Evan Helms and Beau Ellington entered the game from the bullpen, throwing two innings and one and two-thirds innings respectively.

Burke County tallied one home run on the day with Beckam Ramirez going long in the sixth inning.

The Bears scattered nine hits in the game. Owen Adams and Myles Heatwole all managed multiple hits for Burke County. Each had two hits. The Bears didn’t commit a single error in the field. Brice Marchman had the most chances in the field with eight.

Miller Patterson led Upson- Lee with two hits in four at bats.

GAME 3

Even though Burke County gave up four runs in the fifth inning, they still defeated the Knights 10-4 on Saturday. Upson-Lee’s offense in the fifth was led by Beau Ellington, Trae Jones, Jackson Blakley, and Evan Helms, who all drove in runs.

Burke County tallied five runs in the fifth inning. The big inning was thanks to singles by Beckam Ramirez and Myles Heatwole and doubles by Jahkari Howard and Aiden Roberson.

Hunter Carroll was the winning pitcher for Burke County Varsity Bears. The bulldog allowed one hit and two runs over four innings, striking out three. Roberson and Phillip Hodges entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Jake Taylor led things off on the mound for Upson-Lee, surrendering zero runs on two hits over three innings, striking out four and walking zero. Ellington, Jordan Wainwright and Helms each contributed in relief for Upson-Lee.

Burke County racked up 12 hits on the day. Dylan Dixon, Roberson, Howard, and Seth Meador each collected multiple hits. Meador, Howard, Roberson, and Dixon each collected two hits.

Bears Head Coach Billy Marchman said, “We are excited to have won a hard fought series and advance to the Sweet 16. We are looking forward to facing a solid Stephens County program and hopefully move into the Elite 8 next week. Bear Nation come out and support these kids and supply them some big home field advantage with cheering on your #HomeTeam!!! Go Bears!!!”

Offensive totals for the 3 game series

Jakhari Howard – double, 2 singles, 3 RBI’s, 3 runs scored, 2 walks, 3 hit by pitch, reach on error, 2 stolen bases

Aiden Roberson – double, 2 singles, 3 RBI’s, fielder’s choice, stolen base

Dylan Dixon – 3 singles, 2 runs scored, walk, 2 fielder’s choices, stolen base

Myles Heatwole – double, 2 singles, 2 RBI’s, run scored, fielder’s choice

Beckam Ramirez – Homerun, single, 3 RBI’s, 2 runs scored, 2 hit by pitch, reach on error

Seth Meador – double, single, RBI, 2 runs scored, reach on error, fielder’s choice, stolen base

Owen Adams – 2 singles, RBI, run scored, walk, hit by pitch

Phillip Hodges – single, 2 runs scored, walk, 2 hit by pitch, 2 stolen bases

Marshall Flowers – single, 3 walks

Hunter Carroll – single

Jaidyn Foster – 3 runs scored, hit by pitch, stolen base

Pitchers:

Marshall Flowers – 6.1 innings pitched, allowed 3 hits, a run, 6 walks, 7 strikeouts

Phillip Hodges – 5.0 innings pitched, allowed 6 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned runs, 5 walks, 2 hit by pitch, 8 strikeouts

Aiden Roberson – 4.1 innings pitched, allowed 4 hits, a run, 6 walks, 7n strikeouts

Hunter Carroll – 4.0 innings pitched, allowed a hit, 2 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Dylan Dixon – 1.1 innings pitched recorded a strikeout

Catcher – Brice Marchman caught two stealing and gave up no bags behind the plate

The bears play at home this Wednesday vs. Stephens County from Toccoa in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

Game 1 starts at 4:00 pm and Game 2 will begin 30 minutes after the completion of Game 1.

The “IF” Game 3 will be Thursday at 5:30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased on gofan.co

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