For the second time in an eight-day span the Big Bend Bears and Tallahassee Post 13 split a pair of one-run games with Post 13 pitcher Casey Mathers and Bear pitcher Adam DeWitt again doing the pitching honors for their respective teams in a Wednesday twin bill played at TCC.
Mathers, a Munroe player, shut out the Bears in a 1-0 first game win. The senior-to-be right-hander allowed only three Bears hits and fanned four in a seven-inning complete game.
Matching him almost pitch for pitch were Bear hurlers Reid Long (Marianna) and Nolan Haire (Munroe).
Reid had pitched a three-up and three-down first-inning before developing arm soreness. Haire then came in and shut out Post 13 until the sixth inning, when a Dennis Ratliff hit scored Justin Janicki. Ratliff’s hit was one of only three that Haire gave up.
DeWitt (Chipola) then took the hill for Big Bend in the second game and picked up his seventh win of the summer in a 2-1 Bears’ win.
DeWitt gave up six hits and fanned five in the game.
He also singled in Will Harris (Munroe) with the eventual winning run. Harris had a two-out bunt single in the second inning and advanced to second on an error, setting up DeWitt’s hit.
The Bears had scored a first-inning run when Tyler Coston (Marrianna) walked, stole second, and scored on a hit by Stephen Miller (Munroe).
It was one of three hits for Miller in the double-header, the most of any player during the evening.
With the win, the Bears ended their season with a 21-8 record. That came after a 4-5 start for the Big Bend team.