Southwest sweeps Lincoln Trail
SUMMIT – The Bears moved to 9-1 on the season Saturday afternoon with an 11-4, 9-4 doubleheader sweep of the visiting Lincoln Trail Statesmen.
The Bears took a 2-0 first-inning win in the opener. LD Coney led off the frame with a walk and later scored on a passed ball. Ross Buckley followed that with a single to score Jarvis Warner.
Ten batters went to the plate for the Bears (9-1) in their half of the second resulting in six more runs and an 8-0 lead. Dylan Spiers drove in two runs with a base hit to left followed by Coney’s RBI triple to left center (Coney later added a single). Brady Anderson, Kaleb Clarke and Steven Williams each had an RBI single.
The score went to 10-0 in the Bears’ third when Spiers led off with a hit and later scored on an error. Buckley drove in another run with his second hit of the game.
A walk and two-run homer gave the Statesmen their first two runs of the game in the top of the fourth. They would add two additional runs on two singles and a double in the top of the fifth.
The final run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth when Anderson led off with a single and later scored on Clarke’s base hit.
Tyler Pigott went five innings on the mound to record the win for the Bears. The freshman lefthander surrendered four runs on four hits. He struck out four batters and issued two bases on balls.
Walt Aldridge had a pair of hits in the game and Zach Giacona added a double.
In the nightcap, the teams were scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Bears plated four runs. With the bases loaded, Coney reached base on an error allowing (on base with a walk) and Anderson (on base with a base hit) to score. Warner then followed with a two-RBI base hit , the first of his three in the game.
Two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly led to the Statesmen’s only runs in the top of the sixth, closing the gap to 4-2.
The Bears sealed the deal with five runs in their half of the sixth to reach the 9-2 final. Williams drove in a pair with a double (he had earlier tripled in the game) and Darian Tunstall had an RBI single. A fielder’s choice and error allowed the other two runs to cross the plate.
Blake Johnson worked five innings on the mound to get the win for the Bears. He allowed a pair of runs on only three hits. He struck out five while also walking five.
Coney had a double and single in the game.
“I thought we hit the ball really well today,” said Bears’ head coach Ken Jackson. “I thought we had some timely hits. If we keep swinging the bats like we’re doing right now, we could be a pretty good ball club.”
“The batters really swung well,” Jackson repeated, “(and) the pitchers pitched well and gave us a chance to win. We were able to take advantage of some opportunities and score some runs.”
After taking a couple of days off, the Bears return to the diamond Tuesday in Wesson when they take on arch-rival Co-Lin in a single nine-inning affair set for a 5:00 first pitch. The game will serve as round one of the Coca-Cola Baseball Challenge presented by Powerade.