Bearcats start region play with two wins over Dougherty

Published 6:40 pm Friday, March 4, 2016

The Bainbridge baseball team shut out the Dougherty Trojans twice in a doubleheader at the BHS fields.

In the first game, Cayden McQuiag threw a no-hitter as the Bearcats pounced the Trojans 15-0 in four innings. In the second game, Bainbridge was aggressive at the plate and racked up 19 runs in the first inning to end the game early 19-0.

Game one’s big batters were Dustin Hodge, who went 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs, and Will Kelley, who was 1-for-1 with a run and two RBIs. McQuaig’s four innings on the mound saw him striking out 10 Trojans.

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Nine runs in the opening three innings allowed Bainbridge to gain put away Dougherty early. A sacrifice fly by Noah Bryant in the first inning and an error, a passed ball, a two-run single by Will Kelley, and during the second inning supplied the early offense for Bainbridge. Hodge singled in the third and fourth innings. Bainbridge Bearcats Varsity added two more runs in the bottom of the third. A bases loaded walk scored Hodge to start the scoring in the inning.

The Bearcats added six more runs to the board in the bottom of the fourth. Hodge’s single brought home Kelley and Russell Wheeler. That was followed up by a series of walking Bearcat players to drive up the score. Xavier Fant was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed 13 runs in three innings, walked 11 and struck out none. Lawson Lane pitched for Bainbridge in game two, striking out one Trojan.

The first inning started with the Bearcat defense handling all three outs. The bottom of the first saw Bainbridge posting 19 runs via a combination of hits and walks. Three pitchers took the mound during the innings, none of them striking out a Bainbridge player.

Bainbridge’s next game is Tuesday, March 8, at Leon of Tallahassee, Florida. First pitch is 4:30 p.m.