Long Beach eliminates Brook
On an overcast Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Bearcatsrained runs and hits at Moyer Field. The Bearcats evoked the 10-runrule in the fifth, to the tune of a 12-0 shutout against theBrookhaven Panthers before an estimated 150 fans.
With the win by Long Beach, the Bearcats improved to 16-8 on theseason. They await the Forrest Co. AHS/West Jones series winner inthe second round of the South State 4A playoffs. Ole Brookconcludes its season at 20-8.
Ole Brook dropped Game 1 of the best-of-three series 2-1 Fridaynight, at Long Beach.
After a scoreless first by both teams, the Long Beach bats cameto life during the second and third innings. The Bearcats, coachedby Mark Ross, plated 5 runs on 4 hits in the second; sending 10batters to the plate. Blake Nabors, Chase Lunsford, Cameron Powell,Michael Paul and Timmy Maloney scored for the visitors from theGulf Coast.
In the third, 10 Long Beach batters scored 6 runs and banged out6 hits.
“We were able to get some hits and runs today,” said Coach Ross.”Coach Spring always has a good ballclub up here.”
Lunsford led the Bearcats with 2 singles, a double and 3 runsscored.
Brookhaven bats were limited to a single by designated hitterZach Halliwell, a single and a double from Bud Britt and a doubleand triple from Jarvis Wilbert.
“We were unable to hit the ball today,” Panther head coach RandySpring said following the game. “We started off pretty good, butcould not get anything going.”
Tyler Worth went 4 innings to claim the win for Long Beach. Heallowed no runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and fanned 3 Ole Brook batters.Timmy Maloney relieved Worth in the fifth.
Southpaw Brandon Foster (7-3) took the loss for the Panthers. Hegave up 5 earned runs on 3 hits, issued 5 walks and no strikeouts.J.D. Britt and Patrick Valentine each made a relief appearance forBHS.