It was a crazy week of baseball for the Big Bend Bears’ summer team. When the week ended Saturday the Bears had rolled up four wins and lost two one-run games and also had a perfect game pitched.
BEARS 6, 15
TALLAHASSEE B-BALL CLUB 3, 16
The week began Wednesday in Tallahassee with the Bears teaming up with the Baseball Club in double-header play.
Adam DeWitt (Chipola) threw a one-hitter through six innings and fanned eight to pick up the pitching win in the evening’s first game.
The Bears got all six of their runs in the fourth inning with Hunter Jacobs (Liberty County), Myles Edwards (Munroe), and Michael McCaskill (Liberty County) getting key RBI hits in the inning.
The Bears seemed completely out of the second game trailing 10-1 after the third inning.
But the visitors took advantage of wildness from the TBC pitching staff and scored 10 runs in the fourth due mostly to 12 walks.
Jacobs and Edwards also contributed hits in the frame to help the Bears take a lead.
TBC tied it up with a six-inning run and after a scoreless seventh the clubs headed to extra innings.
Hits by McCaskill and Brad Middleton (Chipola) along with a double by Reid Long (Marianna) and a couple of walks got the Bears a four-run eighth.
TBC failed to fold, though, and came back with five runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth to claim victory.
OZARK EAGLES 9
For the second straight game the Bears found themselves behind by a big margin as they trailed the Ozark Eagles 9-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning in the first game of a double-header in The Dothan Wiregrass Cardinals’ Tournament Friday.
The Eagles’ left-handed pitcher, Kirk Maddox, had baffled the Bears through three innings allowing only a third-inning run that Josh Taylor (Sneads) scored when he singled, stole second and third base, and scored on a sacrifice fly by McCaskill.
Three hits by Ozark's Brett Powers and two each by Hunter Leger and Spencer Ivey helped the Eagles build the lead before the Bears nine-run fourth.
Miller and Middleton led off the inning with hits. Tyler Colston (Marianna) then reached on an error to load the bases. Will Harris (Munroe) singled in Miller before Taylor drew a walk to force in Middleton. Long was then hit with a pitch getting in Colston. After a second out, Edwards blooped a hit that scored Harris and Taylor to make the score 9-6. Miller then collected his second hit of the inning to score Long before Middleton spanked another hit to score Edwards making it 9-8. Nolan Haire (Munroe) then punched a single to center that scored Miller and Middleton and put the Bears up 10-9.
Middleton came out and pitched the fifth inning to gain a save as the time limit ran out.
Isaac Madrid (Wewahitchka) got the pitching win. He had come in the game in the fourth inning and was saved a bunch of runs when Taylor ran down a long two-out bases-loaded fly ball.
WIREGRASS CARDINALS 1
The Bears’ Walker Roberts (Marianna) and the Cardinals’ Jordan Smith tied up in a pitching duel in Friday's second game.
Roberts gave up only three hits and the only run he allowed was unearned. Smith allowed only four hits. Wiregrass’ Luke Ates singled in the game’s only run.
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Right-hander Nolan Haire threw a perfect game in the Bears’ first game Saturday when they took a mercy rule 11-0 win over Leesburg. Haire faced the minimum 15 batters and struck out six of them. He induced seven ground outs and had two fly outs.
He got good fielding plays on ground balls from Myles Edwards at third and catcher Micha McCaskill, who threw out the last batter on a swinging bunt. Will Harris also ran down a long fly ball to help preserve the gem. Brad Middleton, Isaac Madrid, Tyler Colston and Gray Gilmore (Marianna) had second inning hits in a five-run frame before Stephen Miller, Myles Edwards, Franklin VanGurd (Chipola), McCaskill and Middleton had hits in a six-run fourth inning.
Haire got the start in the game because scheduled starter JoJo Durden (Chipola) got delayed in a traffic jam.
Durden did start the second game and he and Adam DeWitt combined for a shutout in a 4-0 win over Chain.
Durden pitched the first 3 1/3 innings and allowed only two hits and fanned four. DeWitt then got credit for the save by finishing up with a one hit, five strikeout effort.
Hunter Jordan (Blountstown) scored a run and drove in two with a two-hit effort. Long and McCaskill had hits in the game for the Bears and Edwards drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Bears have a 9-7 record and will play Panhandle at Chipola tomorrow (Friday) before playing Wiregrass at Chipola Tuesday. The Bears will play the Baseball Club in a twin bill in Chattahoochee Wednesday.