West Lincoln splits with South Pike
The West Lincoln Bears secured a split decision in Saturday’s baseball action against the South Pike Eagles at the Cow Palace.
The Bears lost the opener 7-5, but battled back to win the second game 22-11 in an offensive thriller.
The Bears (2-7, 1-1), coached by David Gilbert, will resume action Tuesday as they prepare to host the Amite County Trojans for a big Region 7-2A test. Junior varsity action starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:30 p.m.
South Pike 7, West Lincoln 5
The Bears and the Eagles fought in a close contest as West Lincoln commanded a 4-2 lead after four innings of action.
South Pike fought back to steal away the win in the top of the seventh inning as they pushed four runs across the plate. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bears worked hard to rally back to claim the win but could only score one run.
Daniel Spears suffered the setback on the mound for the Bears with five strikeouts and five walks.
Austin Burris was the top slugger for West Lincoln at the plate with a home run and a double. Ty Forman contributed three singles. Hitting safely were Bryce Temple, Seth Bivens and Charles Wayne Smith.
West Lincoln 22, South Pike 11
West Lincoln’s bats came alive in the second game of the evening as the Bears outscored the Eagles 15-9 in four innings of action.
In the fifth and sixth inning, the Bears continued to hammered the ball as they exploded with a seven run blast in the sixth inning to win the game.
Turner Pyles (2K, 4BB), Hunter Maxwell (2K, 1BB) and Bryce Temple (1K, 1BB) combined pitching effort help the Bears collect the win on the mound.
Ty Forman powered the Bears offensive attack with a grand slam home run and he also hit triple. Maxwell and Burris provided a double and a single each. Charles Wayne Smith and Daniel Spears contributed two singles apiece. Lofton Sills, Seth Bivens and Alex Neal hit safely.