The Big Bend Bears baseball team began summer play last Friday in the Chipola Baseball Tournament. The Bears played two games Friday and two Saturday, winning a game and losing a game each day.
Adam DeWitt (Chipola) got the Bears season off to a good start pitching a complete-game-win over the Wiregrass Cardinals at Chipola Friday morning.
DeWitt allowed only two hits to the Cardinals and the only run he gave up was unearned.
He walked only two batters and fanned nine including the last three hitters to face him.
The Bears got their two runs in the first inning. Brad Middleton (Chipola) and Tyler Colson (Marianna) had back-to-back walks to lead off the inning.
An infield single by Reid Long (Marianna) scored Middleton and another infield hit by Stephen Miller (Munroe) scored Colson.
Those were the only two hits the Bears would get until Michael McCaskill (Liberty County) singled in the sixth.
CHAIN BASEBALL 4
The Bears hitting woes continued in the second game as they managed only four hits. Miller had two of the four and scored one of the Bears’ runs when Walker Roberts (Marianna) singled him in during the sixth inning. Long had the other hit in the third inning. He stole second and scored on a fielders choice by Middleton.
A different Chain team met the Bears in Altha Saturday and it looked like the same results might happen.
But Myles Edwards (Munroe) and Blaze Vasquez (Chipola) hammered long home runs to pull the win out. Edwards hit a fourth-inning bomb that accounted for the first Bear run. McCaskill added the second run when he singled and scored on a throwing error after Middleton had a bunt single also in the fourth.
Long then led off the fifth inning with a single and scored on a monster blast by Vasquez.
The home run gave Nolan Haire (Munroe) the pitching win in relief of Jo Jo Durden (Chipola).
Long, McCaskill and Middleton all had two hits for the Bears.
OZARK EAGLES 5
A strong Ozark team knocked the Bears off 5-1 in Saturday's second game.
Jordan Brown pitched five innings and had two hits and Hunter Leger had two hits for the Eagles.
Long, Vasquez and Middlton had the only Bear hits. Middleton scored the only run when he reached on a single and advanced to third on an error. He scored on a fielder's choice by Ryan Morrissey (Cottondale).
Josh Taylor (Sneads), Middleton, and Roberts pitched for the Bears. Of the five runs Ozark scored, only two were earned.
The schedule this week found the Bears playing at the Wiregrass Cardinals Wednesday. They meet Next Level in a twin bill in Chattahoochee Friday and play Next Level and Leesburg Saturday at Chipola.