Baseball Team Gets a Come-From-Behind Victory Against St. Amant
Things did not look good for the Bear baseball team as it headed into the bottom of the sixth inning. Down 3-0 to St. Amant with six outs left to go, the Bears had picked up just one hit against Gators’ starter Tyler Tidwell. But, the Bears would not go silently and got the inning going with a walk by Josh Smith. After a fly out by Tristan Welch, Daniel Guilbeau was hit by pitch and the bases were loaded when Peyton Alexander reached on an error, setting the stage for pinch hitter Brian Fairbanks. Fairbanks lined a double to right center, driving in three runs to tie the game at 3.
The game went to extra innings and reliever Brady Hebert faced the minimum three hitters in the top of the eighth. In the bottom frame, Patrick Crifasi singled and moved to second on a Cole Johnson sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a groundout by Brandon Fairbanks. Smith was intentionally walked, bringing Welch to the plate. But a wild pitch brought Crifasi home with the winning run to bring the Bears to a 5-1 district record and a three way tie atop the 5-5A standings.
Brady Hebert picked up the win in relief of Parker Evans, tossing the last four innings. Hebert struck out five Gators, allowing just three hits and one run. Evans started and went four innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out two and walking six.
The Bears will square off on Thursday, April 12 at Grizzly Field versus Dutchtown, a district co-leader at 5-1. First pitch against the Griffins is set for 6:30 p.m.