Bearcats baseball beats Pelham 11-7, now 4-0 on season

Published 5:00 pm Friday, February 26, 2016

It was the first game this season Bainbridge had been behind, and the first time the team had faced some adversity.

But the Bearcats were able to produce at the plate and claim an 11-7 victory against the Pelham Hornets Wednesday, improving to 4-0.

“They were ready to play and had a good approach at the plate,” coach Brian McCorkle said. “We had five errors. We didn’t play well, but we did enough to win.”

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Pelham grabbed the lead in the first inning 4-2, lost it in the third, then bounced to reclaim the lead again the fourth. Bainbridge surged back up with five runs in the sixth inning, leaving the Hornets unable to catch up.

The bulks of the runs cam from Carson Inlow and Will Kelley, who were 2-for-5 with an RBI each, and Keith Lyle, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Connor Strickland had three RBIs.

Ty Varnum was strong on the mound, allowing just one hit and one run. He struck out six Hornets in his 3.2 innings.

The top of the first saw Bainbridge take a 2-0 lead. A single from Lyle jump started the attack, and then an error moved him to second. Kelley doubled, scoring Lyle. More runs came home when Kelley scored on a groundout by Connor Strickland.

Pelham responded with four runs in the first, scoring on an RBI double by Eric Davis, an RBI single by Cale Whigham, and a two-run error.

Bainbridge matched its one-run second inning with one more in the seventh. In the second, Bainbridge Bearcats Varsity scored on an RBI double by Carson Inlow, bringing home Caleb Boutwell.

Bainbridge Bearcats Varsity went up for good in the sixth scoring five total runs, which came home on two singles.

“We haven’t faced a lot of adversity as far as being behind,” McCorkle said. “We haven’t been behind yet (this game). Eventually we took advantage of some miscues that opened the door. They did a really good job of expecting to win the game.”

Bainbridge plays again Monday at home against Brooks County. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.