Bears win fourth straight

By JOE CANNON
Posted 3/24/19

Bradley Central scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning without benefit of a hit Saturday evening to cap a perfect 4-0 run through the Ooltewah Invitational.With the game tied, …

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Bradley Central scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning without benefit of a hit Saturday evening to cap a perfect 4-0 run through the Ooltewah Invitational.

With the game tied, junior Spencer Lewis not only took the mound in the final inning to earn the pitching victory, but in the bottom of the frame drove in the deciding run with a walk-off walk, giving the Bears a 4-3 win over Lincoln County.

Bradley had beaten Grisson, Ala., 9-6 earlier in the day, plus notched run-rule victories over Warren County 13-3 Friday and Brindlee Mountain, Ala., 12-2 Thursday in the event.

Now 5-4 on the season and 1-1 in District 5-AAA play, Coach Travis Adams' Bears will host McMinn County (4-5, 1-3) this evening, weather permitting, before traveling to Athens Tuesday to complete the league home-and-home format.

Lincoln County (5-6) opened the scoring Saturday evening at the McKenzie Baseball Complex with a solo home run by McAdams to open the second frame.

Bradley answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third when Ryan Giovengo laced a two-out hit to plate teammates Jake Thompson and Iverson Vasquez.

The Bears added a solo run in their next at bat when Lee University signee Dylan Standifer laced a one-out double, moved to third on a passed ball and then came home when Tucker Still drove a single to left field.

The Falcons from Winchester knotted the score with three straight hits to open the sixth inning. Cothren started things off with a dinger before McAdams doubled and Jason Betz plated him with a single.

Bradley tried to rally in the bottom of the frame when Ethan Lamberth and Still were both hit by pitches and Riley Black reached on an error to load the sacks, but they were stranded as the next batter lined out.

Lincoln County got back-to-back singles to open the seventh and after a fly out, Lewis took the hill to strike out the next batter and induce the final Falcon to fly out.

Lewis (1-1) needed just seven pitches to record his first varsity victory of the season.

In the bottom of the frame, Caden Sherlin drew a one-out walk before Gionvengo reached on an two-base error. After an intentional walk to Logan Weeks, Lewis stepped into the batters box and drew a four-pitch stroll down the line to plate Sherlin with the game-winner.

Giovengo pitched the first 6.1 innings, striking out three and not issuing a free pass, but having to settle for the no decision.

At the dish Giovengo (.348 BA, .448 OBP) and Standifer (.385, .500) led the Bears, each going 2-for-4 with a double. Still (.381, .581) and Black (.346, .500) had the only other hits for the hosts.


Game Summary

Ooltewah Invitational

Saturday evening

at McKenzie Baseball Complex

Lincoln County0100020 — 3 11 2

Bradley Central0021001 — 4  6 1

WP: Spencer Lewis (1-1) 0.2 IP, 0 hits, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB. LP: Anderson 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 2 Ks, 5 BB, 4 HBP. HR: Cothren, McAdams (LC). 2B; McAdams (LC); Ryan Giovengo, Dylan Standifer (BC). RBI: Cothren, McAdams, Betz (LC); Giovengo 2, Lewis, Tucker Still (BC). SB: Cross (LC). Highlights: McAdams 2-4, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Miles 2-3; Gifford 2-4 (LC0; Giovengo 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, ROE; Standifer 2-4, 2B, run; Still 1-3, RBI, HBP; Riley Black 1-3, HBP (BC). Records: Lincoln County 5-6; Bradley Central 5-4.

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