Bear bats warms up

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Posted 3/18/17

SEYMOUR — As the weather warmed up, so did the Bradley Central Bears offense.

With every player in the lineup getting at least one, the Bears banged out a dozen hits in route to a 12-3 victory …

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Bear bats warms up

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SEYMOUR — As the weather warmed up, so did the Bradley Central Bears offense.

With every player in the lineup getting at least one, the Bears banged out a dozen hits in route to a 12-3 victory over the host Seymour Eagles in the play For A Cure Tournament Friday afternoon.

“We got good production up and down the lineup, especially the bottom third of our order. They did a great job of extending innings,” said Bradley head coach Travis Adams.

Seniors Cason Still and Bryon Mantooth, along with freshman Riley, each banged out a pair of hits to pace the Bear assault on a trio of Eagle hurlers.

Sophomore Dylan Standifer, plus seniors Caleb Reed, Pete Williams and Mantooth drove in a pair of runs each with Reed banging a shot off the left field wall for the only Bear extra base hit.

Junior Jake Presley, Black, and Williams each crossed the plate twice in the win.

Winning pitcher Andy Bunch (5.2 IP, 5 Ks 7 hits, 3 earned runs) kept the Eagle bats quiet for most of the afternoon before running into trouble in the sixth inning.

The Eagles had cut the Bear margin to 6-3 by scoring two runs and loading the bases, before senior Trevor Cartwright came on to get the final out and record his first save of the season.

“Andy (Bunch) did a good job keeping them off balance by mixing up his pitches and locating the ball. He got tired in the sixth inning. We probably should have pulled him earlier but I wanted to see how he would react to the pressure,” remarked Coach Adams.

Bradley capped its third straight victory to open the new season with a six-run rally in the top of the seventh inning.

The Bears took on Gibbs and Sevier County on Saturday (full details in Monday’s edition of the Banner).

Bradley will return to District 5-AAA action Monday with a key battle against unbeaten Walker Valley (4-0, 2-0 district).

The Bears will travel to Mike Turner Field Monday and then host the Mustangs at the McKenzie Baseball Complex Tuesday.

GAME SUMMARY

Bradley Central 012 003 6 — 12 12 1

Seymour 000 012 0 — 3 8 1

WP: Andy Bunch (1-0) 5.2 IP, 7 hits, 5 Ks, 3 ER. LP: Jake Patterson. Save: Trevor Cartwright (1). 2B: Caleb Reed (BC). RBI: Dylan Standifer 2, Caleb Reed 2, Byron Mantooth 2, Pete Williams 2, Cason Still, Jake Presley, Andy Bunch (BC). Highlights: Still 2-4 RBI; Mantooth 2-3 2 RBI; Riley Black 2-5 2 runs; Presley 1-4 2 runs, RBI; Standifer 1-4, run, 2 RBI; Bunch 1-3 RBI; Colton Cross 1-2, run; Williams 1-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Reed 1-4, 2B, run, 2 RBI (BC). Records: Bradley 3-0; Seymour 2-2.

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