Bearcats lose 5-3 in lightning-shortened game

Published 1:22 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Bainbridge High School Bearcats baseball team droped a 5-3 lightning-shortened Region 1-AAAA game to the Houston County High School Bears on Friday, in Warner Robins, Ga.

The game was stopped in the bottom of the sixth inning due to lightning. The start was also delayed more than an hour, because the umpires arrived late.

The Bearcats took the early lead over the Bears on Friday, pushing across a run in the top of the first inning.

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Right fielder Michael Faircloth drew a walk to open the Bearcats’ first. Centerfielder Tate Lambert followed with a single. With one away, catcher Blake Voyles singled, driving in Faircloth.

The Bears bounced back with two in the bottom of the first. An error, two stolen bases and a single produced the runs.

Bainbridge scored a run in the top of the fourth to tie it up 2-2. Third baseman Jackson Jones led off the inning with a single and second baseman Brandon Bates followed with an RBI double.

Houston County rallied for three in the bottom of the fourth to go up 5-2.

The Bearcats scored their final run in the top of the fifth. Jones and Bates drew back-to-back walks to open the inning. Jones moved to third on a passed ball and tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Jordan Cox.

The loss dropped the Bearcats to 6-4 overall, and 1-2 in Region 1-AAAA play. They took on the Lee County High School Trojans in a Region 1-AAAA game in Leesburg, Ga., on Tuesday.

They will travel to Columbus, Ga., on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. Region 1-AAAA game against the Hardaway High School Golden Hawks.

Their next home game at Bearcat Field will be Tuesday, March 27, at 5 p.m. against Maclay, from Tallahassee, Fla.