Third-ranked Pierce County completed a busy week of action notching three wins to remain perfect on the season.
The Bears (6-0) opened the week Tuesday, February 22 with a 12-2 five-inning win over visiting and winless Berrien (0-7).
PCHS beat Heard County (3-3) 5-2 in the opening game of Saturday’s (February 26) tripleheader and completed the season sweep of seventh-ranked Bleckley County (2-5) with a 6-3 win in the finale. The Bears slipped past Bleckley County 2-1 February 17 at home.
Bleckley County blanked Heard County 11-0 in the middle game.
Pierce County travels to Jesup Friday, March 4 to finish off the home-and-home series. The Bears will host Fitzgerald Tuesday, March 8.
No. 3 Bears 12
PCHS scored all of its runs in its first three at bats beating visiting Berrien in five innings.
Hoke Skipper (1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 2 BB 1 HBP) and Brandon Pittman (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 K. 0 BB) combined on the one-hitter.
The Rebels scored twice in the first inning against Skipper, who hit the leadoff batter with the first pitch. After loading the bases with one out following a pair of walks, a fielder’s choice ground out plated the lead runner. The second run came around to score from second on an error.
PCHS responded with a five-run first. Brett Tuten (1-for-3) drew a one-out walk with Knox Bennett and Skipper getting hit to load the bases. An error on a ground ball hit by Mason Woodcock (1-for-3) allowed Tuten and Bennett to score tying the game at 2-apiece.
Cole Royer (1-for-2) followed with a first-pitch, run-scoring single for a 3-2 lead. Collin Jarrell’s (2-for-3) ensuing single re-loaded the bases. After Pittman (2-for-2) legged out a two-out infield hit plating Woodcock, Royer raced home with the final run on a passed ball for a 5-2 advantage.
The Bears scored once in the second on Royer’s suicide squeeze. Bennett drew a leadoff walk with Woodcock’s first-pitch single putting runners on the corners. Royer followed with a first-pitch squeeze bunt scoring Bennett.
Pierce County put the game away in the bottom of the third plating six runs. Jarrell, Jones Herrin (1-for-3) and Pittman hit consecutive singles with the last scoring the first run. Following a passed ball moving the runners up, Davis Green’s grounder was booted scoring Herrin for an 8-2 lead.
After a double steal by Pittman and Green, Tuten’s infield hit scored Pittman. Bennett’s fly ball to left was misplayed scoring Green for a 10-2 advantage. A passed ball allowed Tuten to score with the third error of the inning allowing Bennett to score the final run.
No. 3 Bears 5
Heard County 2
A two-out, bases loaded passed ball in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 2-all tie and Green followed with a two-run double helping Pierce County slip past the Braves.
Heard County tied the game at 2-all in the top half of the sixth on a one-out, run-scoring single off Pittman (2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB), who started the inning in relief of Royer (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 K, 0 BB, 2 HBP, 1 WP).
A leadoff two-base error put the tying run on second. The game-tying base hit came off an 0-2 offering from Pittman, who then induced an inning-ending doubleplay grounder.
Woodcock (3-for-3) led off the bottom half of the inning with a bloop single and raced to third on Jacob Pittman’s (2-for-3) double to left three pitches later. Jarrell (1-for-1) was hit with a 1-1 offering loading the bases.
Following a strikeout and a fielder’s choice grounder retiring Woodcock at the plate, a passed ball scored Pittman for a 3-2 lead with Jarrell and Brandon Pittman advancing 90 feet. Both scored when Davis ripped a 3-1 pitch to left-center.
The Bears scored twice in their first at bat. Tuten drew a one-out walk, took second on defensive indifference, advanced to third on a passed ball, and trotted home on Skipper’s (1-for-3) single to center.
Woodcock and Pittman followed with singles with Skipper scoring on Pittman’s hit to center. Woodcock was gunned down at third for the final out.
PCHS loaded the bases in the second with one out on walks Jarrell, Herrin and Davis. Heard County escaped with a fielder’s choice grounder retiring Jarrell at the plate and a strikeout.
The Braves cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third inning against Royer. A leadoff hit batter, a stolen base, a wild pitch and a two-out single did the damage.
No. 3 Bears 6
No. 7 Bleckley County 3
PCHS used a three-run first inning to take the lead for good in beating the Royals.
Bleckley County grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Tuten (4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 2 HBP) scoring on a one-out single with runners at first and second.
The Bears evened the score three batters in in their half of the first. Tuten reached on an error, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on Bennett’s (2-for-3) line drive single to left.
Skipper (2-for-3) followed with a single with Bennett racing to third. After Woodcock (1-for-1) drew a walk loading the bases, Bennett scored on a wild pitch with Skipper and Woodcock advancing a base. Pittman’s high chopper to the mound plated Skipper with the final run of the inning and a 3-1 lead.
PCHS extended the advantage to 4-1 with a run in the third. Tuten worked a leadoff walk, moved to second on a passed ball, reached third on a groundout, and scored on a passed ball.
Bleckley County plated single runs in the fourth and fifth innings closing the deficit to 4-3. A leadoff double came around to score on two passed balls in the fourth. A leadoff hit batter raced home from second on a one-out error.
The Bears got both runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Tuten drew a leadoff walk and sped to third on Bennett’s double one pitch later. Skipper roped a base hit two pitchers later scoring both runners for a 6-3 lead.
Bennett (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB) retired seven of the eight batters he faced fanning the side in the seventh for the save.