The Pierce County Bears stretched their winning streak to seven games after posting three victories last week.
PCHS (8-1) recorded its third and fourth shutouts of Region 1-AAA East foes with an 11-0 blanking of Savannah High last Tuesday, March 1. The Bears picked up a 17-0 victory against overmatched Beach High a day later. Logan Paul threw a three-inning no-hitter against the Bulldogs.
Rained washed out the matchup against Jenkins, which was rescheduled for Monday. PCHS finished out the four-game work slate with a come-from-behind 7-2 win Saturday at Coffee. The victory gave the Bears a season sweep after recording a 6-1 home win back on February 23.
“We are sitting 8-1 with the easier part of our schedule coming to a close,” said head coach Greg Gay. “Every team on our side of the region, who we have yet to play, has a winning record and several only have one loss. We have to get better quick in order to compete for the top seed on our side.
“At this point, we are making too many baserunning mistakes, wasting at bats because of a lack of focus and not knowing how to execute a plan, and not hitting well situationally. Our defense and pitching has saved us through the first nine games.
“With that being said, we are winning with young players that are going to get better and we are thankful for that. We (coaches) understand that inconsistency is what you get with inexperienced players. We truly believe with hard work and more mental effort at practice, we are going to be a pretty good team by the end of the season. They are good kids and fun to coach.”
Bears 11, Savannah 0
The Bears scored the only run it would need in the first inning and added five runs in each of the second and fourth innings in the “mercy rule” contest.
Seth Horton allowed just one hit over four innings of work and recorded nine strikeouts while throwing just 43 pitches. Blake Bishop made his first appearance of the season on the hill pitching one inning. He allowed one hit, fanned one and hit a batter.
Kris Wishall (1-for-2) was hit with the third pitch leading off the bottom of the first. He stole second, took third and scored on Jackson Knowlton’s (1-for-1) double.
PCHS extended the margin to 6-0 in the second with a five-run uprising. Bryce Bowen (1-for-3) delivered a first-pitch, one-out single to get the inning started. After moving up to second without a throw, Blaine Jowers (1-for-2) blooped a single to right scoring Bowen with the first run of the inning. Jowers was tagged out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double.
With two outs, Walker Dixon walked. Tanner Bryant (2-for-2) reached on an infield. Both moved up a base without a throw and scored on Wishall’s double for a 4-0 lead. Johnny Waters (1-for-2) followed with a run-scoring double. He would score the final run on a two-base error.
The Bear plated five more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Dixon was hit by a pitch and moved around to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Bryant followed with a run-scoring single. Back-to-back errors scored the second run and put runners at second and third with nobody out.
Baker stroked a two-run single upping the lead to 10-0. Two outs later, Bishop (1-for-2) lined a run-scoring hit for the final run.
Bears 17, Beach 0
PCHS scored 13 times in the first inning, 11 coming before the first out was recorded.
Paul recorded six of the nine outs via a strikeout. He hit two batters.
Dakota Long led Pierce at the plate with three hits. Paul (three RBIs) and Bishop (RBI) added two hits each. Bryant, Ben Baker (two RBI), Bowen (RBI), and Jowers (four RBIs) finished with a hit apiece.
PCHS sent 17 batters to the plate in the opening inning. Beach’s starting pitcher did not retire any of the 10 batters he faced. The first out was a sacrifice fly scoring the 11th run of the inning.
The Bears sent eight batters to the plate during a five-run second inning. PCHS helped the inning along getting picked off first twice.
Bears 7, Coffee 2
Trailing 2-0 entering the fifth inning, PCHS scored six times in the frame to rally for the victory.
Nick Golub (3-for-4) led off the inning with a single and was lifted for courtesy runner Bryce Bowen. One out later, Paul (1-for-4) singled.
After the second out was recorded, PCHS got a run-scoring single from Ben Tuten (3-for-3) cutting the deficit to 2-1. Following a wild pitch to advance the runners, Klay Allen (1-for-2) drew a walk to load the bases. Derrin Cox followed with a walk forcing home Paul with the tying run.
Pinch-hitter Luke Revels (1-for-1) delivered a two-run single giving PCHS the lead at 4-2. Jackson Knowlton (2-for-4) laced a run-scoring single three pitches later. Golub followed with a run-scroing double to drive home the final run for a 6-2 advantage.
Pierce pushed across its final run in the top of the sixth. Cody Williams drew a one-out walk and advanced two bases on a pair of wild pitches ahead of a walk to Tuten. Allen executed a suicide squeeze to plate Williams.
Coffee scored a run in the second against starter Walker Sinclair (1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB) and a run in the third against Williams (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB). Paul pitched a scoreless inning of relief and fanned one. He was credited with his second win of the week.
Allen followed with a hitless inning of relief. Seth Horton worked the final two innings allowing two hits.