10 Apr 2016

Baseball Bears Look To Bounce Back After Tough Loss

Getting even will be on the agenda for the Bears’ baseball team after a tough 8-5 loss to St. Amant on Saturday. The Bears will have a chance to even the series on Tuesday, April 12, when the Gators visit Grizzly Field, with the first pitch set for 6 p.m.

On Saturday, St. Amant scored runs in each of the first three innings, then exploded for three in the bottom of the fourth to lead 6-1. The Bears had opportunities in the final three innings, but could not plate enough runs to send the game to extra innings. With the Bears closing the score to 6-3, the Gators widened the gap in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs to make it 8-3.  The Bears found a way to threaten the Gators and score two runs in the top of the last inning, but the Gators held on for the victory.

The St. Amant victory dropped the Bears to second place in district with a 4-1 record behind 5-0 Dutchtown. St. Amant also has a 4-1 district record. The loss also snapped the Bears 16 game winning streak and moved their overall record to 21-5.

The Bears were led offensively by Daniel Guilbeau’s 2 for 3 effort. Guilbeau had a double and stole a bag for the Bears. Brian Fairbanks was the starting pitcher for the Bears and took the loss.  He allowed just two earned runs and struck out two. Brady Sartain came in in relief, and tossed the last three innings, striking out four Gators. Both seniors yielded four hits each.

Coach Brad Bass noted, “I was encouraged by the fight our guys showed in the last three innings.   We will get another crack at St. Amant on Tuesday, and coming back to Grizzly Field in front of Bear Nation should give us an advantage.”