After honoring the 20th anniversary of Bradley Central’s lone TSSAA state baseball championship, the current Bears wrapped up play in the Trojan Classic with a run-rule victory Saturday afternoon at the Toby McKenzie Baseball Complex.
With 13 players and coaches from the 1994 squad that went 35-2 watching, the 2014 Bears batted around twice and put a dozen runs on the scoreboard in its opening at bat and went on to defeat the Huntsville (Ala.) Falcons 14-1 Saturday.
“It was good to see the guys from the ’94 team. I’m glad we bounced back and played well for them,” commented current Bradley head coach Travis Adams, who played on the state championship squad for coaches Greg Geren and Joe Adams.
While their bats were hot despite the constant rain sprinkle Saturday, Bradley wasn’t as fortunate Friday evening against a powerful Germantown Houston squad, which posted an 11-3 win over the hosts.
Now 15-10 on the season, the Bears will wrap up District 5-AAA regular season play with a home-and-home series against Ooltewah Monday and Tuesday.
Bradley leads the district race with an 8-2 mark in league play, while the Owls (13-11, 6-4) are currently in fourth place, just two games out.
The Bears will travel to Ooltewah Monday and then host the Owls Tuesday, weather permitting.
East Hamilton (16-12) and Soddy-Daisy (13-12) are tied for second place in the 5-AAA race at 7-3. The Hurricanes wrap up regular season district play against McMinn County (7-13, 2-8), while the Trojans play Cleveland High (8-15, 4-6) this week.
Bears 14, Falcons 1
Nine Bradley batters stepped in the box twice in the bottom of the first inning, resulting in 12 runs, plus when the third out was finally recorded, the sacks were jammed.
The Bears tacked on solo runs in both the third and fourth frames, while the Alabama boys got their lone score in the top of the third.
Along with rapping out 14 hits, three of which went for extra bases, Bradley also took advantage of nine free passes — four walks, five hit batsmen — by Huntsville hurlers. Ten different Bears brought home at least one teammate in the contest.
Senior Hunter Rogers was the only Bear to bat four times in the victory, reaching base three of those tries with a RBI-double, a single and he was plunked once.
Senior Jacob Barnes, plus sophomores Tyler Carpenter and Jeremiah Simms each laced a pair of hits in the contest. Barnes went 2-for-3, scoring twice, plating a teammate and stealing a base. Carpenter reached base all three times hit batted, plus he had an RBI and scored a run. Sims came off the bench and went 2-for-2, driving in a run and scoring one himself.
Seniors Caleb Pace, Chandler Duggan and Jordan Timmons each had a hit and a walk. Pace scored twice and drove in a pair of runs, while Timmons put up a trio of RBIs. Duggan scored once and plated a teammate. Senior Logan Blackwell was hit by a pair of pitches and scored twice in the opening inning, while sophomore Kylar Lynn came off the bench and was plunked twice as well.
Senior Baylor Terrell ripped a two-run triple and later scored in the opening rally, while sophomore Brandon Thompson smoked a double and came around to score in his one at bat.
Junior Austin Calfee went the short distance on the hill to earn the pitching victory, striking out a half dozen and walking just one, while scattering six hits in five innings of work.
Sam London went 2-for-2 with a double in the contest for Huntsville (13-14).
Mustangs 11, Bears 3
The stallions from Germantown made the long trip from near Memphis and lit up the local scoreboards for 45 runs in a little over 24 hours for a trio of victories.
After defeating Ooltewah 20-4 Thursday evening, Houston blanked Knoxville Halls 14-0 Friday afternoon before dropping Bradley 11-3 that evening.
Although both teams knocked out nine hits apiece, the Mustangs benefited from eight free passes by Bear pitchers.
Neither team to put a run on the board in the first two frames, but Houston (21-6) came alive in the top fo the third with six straight runners reaching base, five of which came around to score.
Bradley took its goose egg off the board in the bottom of the frame when Duggan doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a ground out by senior Cal Pickel.
The Mustangs got a pair of unearned runs in the fourth frame and the Bears answered with two of their own in the fifth. Duggan was hit by a pitch, Pace walked, Terrell singled, Barnes drew a bases-loaded free pass and Rogers hit a grounder to plate the other run.
The visitors were able to circle the bases twice in both the sixth and seventh frames to give the game its final score.
Once again Rogers paced the Bear offense, going 2-for-3 with a RBI, while Duggan was 1-2, with a double, plus was hit by a pitch and scored twice.
Barnes and Pace both reached base safely twice with a single and a walk. Barnes drove in a run, while Pace scored one. Timmons went 1-for-2 with a double.
Huntsville Falcons 001 00 — 1 6 0
Bradley Central (12)01 1x — 14 14 0
WP: Austin Calfee 5 IP, 6 Ks, 1 BB, 6 hits, 1 ER; LP: Anthony Dunbar 0.2 IP, 0 Ks, 3 BB, 2 HBP 6 hits, 11 ER. 3B: Baylor Terrell (BC); 2B: Peter Watts, Sam London (H); Hunter Rogers, Brandon Thompson (BC); RBI: Jake Johnson (H); Jordan Timmons 3, Caleb Pace 2, Baylor Terrell 2, Jacob Barnes, Hunter Rogers, Chandler Duggan, Tyler Carpenter, Cal Pickel, Charlie Hammonds, Jeremiah Simms (BC). Highlights: London 2-2, 2B (H); Rogers 2-3, HBP, RBI, run; Duggan 1-1, BB, RBI, run; Barnes 2-3, SB, RBI, 2 runs; Pace 1-2, BB, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Timmons 1-1, BB, 3 RBI; Carpenter 2-3, RBI, run; Simms 2-2, RBI, run; Thompson 1-1, 2B, run (BC). Records: Huntsville Falcons 13-14; Bradley Central 15-10.
Houston 005 202 2 — 11 9 2
Bradley Central 001 020 x — 3 9 0
WP: Bryan Waldroup (3-0) 7 IP, 1 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 9 hits, 3 ER; LP: Christan Hamilton (4-2) 2.2 IP, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HBP 4 hits, 5 ER. 2B: Schmidt (H); Jordan Timmons, Chandler Duggan (BC); RBI: Schmidt 2, Sala 2, Schafer, Greer (H); Cal Pickel, Jacob Barnes, Hunter Rogers (BC). Highlights: Sala 4-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Greer 2 BB, run, RBI, RE (H); Rogers 2-3, RBI; Duggan 1-2, HBP, 2B, 2 runs; Barnes 1-3, BB, RBI; Caleb Pace 1-3, BB, run; Timmons 1-2, 2B (BC). Records: Houston 21-6; Bradley Central 15-10.