Bearcats defeat Pirates 12-3

Published 2:17 pm Thursday, April 14, 2011

Coach Scott Miller’s Bainbridge High School Bearcats baseball team defeated the Miller County High School Pirates 12-3 in Colquitt Monday to improve their season record to 9-10.

The game, originally scheduled for Bearcat Field, was moved to Colquitt because a scheduled March 28 game between the Bearcats and Pirates in Colquitt was canceled.

The Bearcats returned to action Friday when they traveled to Warner Robins for a Region 1AAAA game with the Northside Warner Robins High School Eagles.

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The Bearcats entered Friday’s games with a 1-5 Region 1AAAA record and an 0-3 Region 1AAAA South Sub-Region mark.

They will return to action Monday hosting the Thomasville High School Bulldogs at 6 p.m. at Bearcat Field.

It will be senior night and the Bearcats seven seniors, left-handed pitcher Marty Anderson, catcher Drew Kelley, left-handed pitcher Thomas Timmons, outfielder Stephen Lightfoot, infielder and right-handed pitcher Ryan Wade, second baseman Sutton Reece, outfielder Reid Heard and their families will be honored during pregame ceremonies.

The Bearcats jumped out front of the Pirates early Tuesday grabbing a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Third baseman Steven Bench opened the Bearcats’ first with a double. The second batter, second baseman Reece, was hit by a pitch.

After designated hitter Blake Voyles drew a walk to load the bases, Bench tagged up and came in to score when catcher Kelley hit a sacrifice fly to right.

Right fielder Greg Lee singled in Reece and Voyles came home when first baseman Jordan Cox banged into a fielder’s choice.

The Bearcats scored another run in the third and three more in the fourth to go up 7-0. Designated hitter Voyles, who was hit by a pitch with one away in the third, stole second and came in when right fielder Lee was safe on an error.

The Pirates bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the Bearcats’ lead to 7-2.

A fielder’s choice, a stolen base, a hit batsman and two singles produced the Pirates’ two third-inning runs. A hit batsman, a walk and two singles produced the Pirates third run in the bottom of the seventh.

The Bearcats concluded their scoring with two in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the fifth.

The fourth-inning runs were scored by Reece, who reached on an error, and shortstop Brandon Bates, who was hit by a pitch.

Crossing the plate in the fifth for the Bearcats were Reece, who doubled, center fielder Stephen Lightfoot, who reached on an error, and Bench, who singled.