Dominant third inning lifts Bearcats over Jones County 15-3
Published 10:52 am Friday, April 7, 2023
The Bainbridge High School baseball team continued their second half hot streak as they cruised to a 15-3 victory over Jones County on Thursday afternoon. Despite the Bearcats having to relocate to the Grace Christian Academy fields for one game due to tornado damage from days prior, the Bearcats picked up right where they left off on Thursday as a dominant third inning sealed the Bearcats twelfth win of the season. Not only have the Bearcats been dominant in their Region as they already clinched a Region title, but they have been consistent as they have won 11 of their last 12 games after starting 1-7.
Taking the mound for the Bearcats for the Thursday matinee was Chris Cooper who pitched a solid three innings, allowing just two hits and two runs on the day as he picked up the win. Cooper has been extremely efficient in the 2023 season as he has posted a 4-1 record with a 2.94 ERA in 9 appearances totaling 36 strikeouts.
Early in the game, the Bearcats were able to get runners on base but couldn’t bring the runners across in the first two innings and fell behind 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning. That all changed with one swing of the bat in the third inning as centerfielder Bo Smith saw the perfect pitch and sent the ball flying over the centerfield wall for a homerun to give the Bearcats their first run of the game. Smith has been one of the best Bearcats at the plate this season as he currently sits at a .412 average with 21 hits, 24 RBI’s and three home runs.
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After Smith’s home run, the floodgates opened and the Bearcats offense became contagious. Koby Wynn had a stellar day at the plate, going four-for-four with four hits, three RBI’s and scoring two runs. Logan Rich was another bright spot in the electric Bearcats offense as he also drove in three runs of his own, with three hits including an RBI double. Bolton Yarbrough, Cain Worthington, Chris Cooper and Brooks Hines all capped off the day for the Bearcats offense as they each drove in a run of their own.
After a solid three innings on the mound for Cooper, freshman Brooks Hines came in to further solidify the Bearcats defense as he pitched two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two batters. In just five innings the Bearcats put away Jones County 15-3 to pickup win number 12 in dominant fashion. Dominance at the plate has been one of the key factors for the Bearcats this season as they have scored over ten runs in nine out of their 12 wins and average 8.4 runs per game.
Defensively, the trio of Chris Cooper, Brooks Hines and Kagen Castro on the mound have been extremely consistent for the Bearcats as they combine for a 3.53 ERA this season and have especially been dominant in Region play.
The Bearcats are entering the home stretch of the 2023 regular season as their final homestand of the regular season comes next week as they welcome rival Cairo for the final two games of a three game series, capping it off with senior night on Friday night just before the 7:00p.m. game.