24 Feb 2016

Baseball Bears Have Big Opening Day Win

When asked about playing on opening day, major league baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio once said, “You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You believe something wonderful is about to happen.” The baseball Bears took Joe D’s words to heart Wednesday night in their highly anticipated season opener, scoring seven runs in the first inning en route to a 13-3 victory over the visiting Slidell Tigers.

Senior Brian Fairbanks pitched three innings to get the win behind a strong six strikeout performance. Sophomores Mason Maurer and Grant Segar combined to get the final nine outs. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

LSU signee Josh Smith led the Bears at the plate with a 2 for 2 and 2 RBI effort, highlighted by a home run in his second at bat. Cole Johnson led the Bears with 3 RBI, while Peyton Alexander and Patrick Crifasi drove in two runs apiece.
 
Head coach Brad Bass couldn’t have been more pleased with his team’s effort. “It’s great to open the season with a win. Our guys were excited to play, they had a great attitude and played with great effort.”

Senior left-hander Brady Sartain will get the start on the mound for the Bear’s next game on Thursday, Feb. 25, versus Live Oak. Parker Evans, Sam Prescott and Martin Morris are candidates to start on the hill for the remainder of the weekend. 

The Bears will play Assumption thirty minutes following their game with Live Oak on Thursday.  A Friday evening contest with highly regarded Ouachita Christian begins at 7:00 p.m. and the Bears close-out the weekend against Walker on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2:00 p.m.