• Hunter Carroll threw a shutout to lead the Burke County Varsity baseball team past New Hampstead 17-0 on Thursday.
• Marshall Flowers led the Bears to victory by driving in five runs. Flowers went 3-for-3 at the plate. He drove in runs on a triple in the first, a grand slam in the first, and a single in the second.
• One bright spot for New Hampstead was a single by Pearson in the second inning.
• Carroll led things off on the hill for Burke County, lasting three innings, allowing two hits and zero runs while striking out six.
• Hudson toed the rubber for New Hampstead. The hurler allowed four hits and ten runs over one-third of an inning, striking out one. Mobley threw two and two-thirds innings in relief.
• Burke County tallied one home run on the day. Flowers put one out in the first inning.
• Burke County racked up ten hits. Flowers and Carroll managed multiple hits. Flowers had three hits in three at bats. Burke County didn’t commit a single error in the field. Brice Marchman had the most chances in the field with five. The Bears stole 15 bases during the game as five players stole more than one. Skyler Brown led the way with three.
Hitters: Marc Owen Chancey – single, RBI, 2 runs, walk, stolen base; Brice Marchman – single, RBI, 2 walks; Marshall Flowers – homerun, triple, single, 5 RBI’s, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases; CJ Johnson – single, 2 runs, walk, stolen base; Aiden Roberson – single; Jayden Duncan – double, 2 runs, sac bunt, stolen base; Hunter Carroll – single, double, walk.
Pitcher: Hunter Carroll – 3 innings allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts.
Game 2 was also dominated by the Bears with the final score of 15-0.
Hitters: Marc Owen Chancey – single, 3 RBI’s, run, stolen base, reach on error; Brice Marchman – single, RBI, walk, reach on error; Marshall Flowers – single, RBI, walk, reach on error; Sam Kyzer – single, 2 runs; Jayden Duncan – single, RBI, 2 runs; Hunter Carroll – single, RBI, 3 runs, walk, 3 stolen bases, 2 reach on error.
Pitcher: Marshall Flowers – 3 innings allowed 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
The Bears will close out the regular season this week and next week with Southeast Bulloch Tuesday away at 5:30 p.m. and Friday at home for a double header with game 1 starting at 4:30 and game 2 to follow.
Next week they will host Islands on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. along with honoring the seniors for senior night. They will travel to Islands on Friday for a double header starting game 1 at 4:30 and game 2 to follow.
Coach Billy Marchman said, “This week and next will both be big series as we are trying to punch our ticket into the state playoffs. We got off to a great start to the season with an 8-2 record and then the injury bug hit us hard. We have three starters, all seniors, that provide a lot for our team on the injured reserve and it has been tough without their abilities on the field. However, we have worked hard and we have used a handful of our younger talents to find a better balance to filling in the roles that we are striving to fill. I am very proud of our team and program; especially the young guys that continue to get 1% better each day in helping us get back to our style of play which is competitive winning baseball. This team has faced as much adversity as a group as I have dealt with my entire career with the unfortunate breaks so far but I love their grit. They continue to show up hungry and they know their resume is solid so as we finish the last six region games we plan to leave it all between the chalked lines. “
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