BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Jarett Theurer – March 16, 2020
In the wake of a competitive three-day tournament, the Bear River High baseball team returned to Bears Field to battle two non-division teams in back to back days.
On Thursday, March 12, a late rally at the plate gave the Bears the lead, driving them to a 5-2 win over the Westlake Thunder.
During that game a combination of defense, timely hitting, and a quality start on the mound from sophomore Ashton Harrow willed the Bears to a 4-2 win over the Pocatello Indians. With back to back wins, the Bears moved their season record to 3-3. Story continues below...
Pitcher Easton Lish, a junior at Bear River High, was given the start for the Bears against Westlake and after two runs given up in the first two innings, Lish found his stride throwing a total 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball.
Lish gave up seven hits and one earned run against a talented Thunder offense striking out two batters in the process. After scoring two runs in the 3rd inning, the Bears remained tied with Westlake until an explosive 5th inning turned in another three runs giving the Bears a 5-2 lead.
Bear River would retain that lead through seven innings defeating Westlake. In addition to a tremendous pitching performance, Lish went 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and an RBI. Hunter Smoot and Ashton Harrow also turned in one RBI in the victory. Story continues below...
With momentum from the previous day, the Bears suited up again on Friday, March 13, to face an out of state opponent, the Pocatello Indians.
Reared by a gutsy pitching performance from Harrow, the Bears defeated the Indians 4-2. Harrow gave up only four hits and one earned run across 5.2 innings pitched.
Taden Marble picked up the save for the Bears recording zero runs and providing the final four outs of the game. Both Harrow and Dillion Marble had multi-hit games giving the Bears the edge they needed to best the Indians. Story continues below...
The Bears’ schedule, along with all other sports teams, has now been altered in the coming weeks due to precautions taken regarding COVID-19. The Bear River baseball team will not play baseball for at least two weeks, or until further notified by the Box Elder School District.
However, even as new and unforeseen challenges interrupt the Bear River Bears’ baseball season, eyes turn to the future. Just as the game of baseball has taught, sometimes unexpected curve balls are thrown in the middle of a season.
But, regardless of what decisions are made concerning sporting events in the coming weeks, the Bear River baseball team looks forward to continuing to compete and be successful in other aspects of their student-athlete lives.