SPORTS – “Bears come up short defensively on the baseball field”

BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Justice Wise – March 30, 2021

The Bear River High School varsity baseball team battled two non-region teams last week; both on the road, both well fought and both falling just short of victory.

“I thought our boys played hard and didn’t quit in the two games this week against two good teams,” said head coach for the Bear River High baseball team, Don Hawes.

The varsity team smacked the ball well with over 15 hits which resulted in 10 total runs on the week, but the defensive side of the ball would prove to be the Bears’ demise, with 18 runs being allowed.

The first game of the week found the Bears facing off against the Fremont High School Silver Wolves on March 24, at Fremont High School. The Wolves took an early lead against the Bears with a run in the second inning. The Bears retaliated in the fourth with a single base line drive from junior Hunter Harrow that sent Jarett Giles home. The Wolves took this personally and scored four runs in the fourth and sealed their victory in the sixth with three runs.

Bear River High senior Easton Lish controlled the pitcher’s mound and went 81-47. Lish was followed by Derek Dean 32-12, and Harrow 33-21. The Bears would be defeated 8-3.

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The final game of the week was hosted by Davis High School where the Darts came ready to play scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Bears answered in the second with runs from Giles and Harrow, respectively, and another from Harrow in the top of the third.

It looked like the Bears were hitting their stride until Davis High scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Darts scored three unanswered runs which would seal their victory against the Bears - but somebody forgot to tell the Bears that.

The Bears flipped their hats inside out and rallied for a comeback in the sixth scoring four runs. Junior Alec Callister scored off a single line drive to right field by Rhett Christensen. Hunter Smoot sent Christensen and Garrison Marble home and then scored himself on the next pitch. Despite the hitting parade victory would not find the Bears that day, as they lost 10-7.

Senior Marcus Callister went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs for the Bears.

While it may have not been the week the Bear River High baseball team wanted, Hawes is hopeful for the rest of the season.

“Offensively we hit the ball hard right at people all week, which is all we could ask for. There are some things we need to correct defensively… a challenging preseason has us set up for region opening series this week,” Hawes said.

The Bears will take on Region 11’s Ridgeline High School twice in one week starting with a trip to the Riverhawks’ home field on Tuesday, March 30.

On Wednesday, March 31, the Bears will host Ridgeline High starting with varsity set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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