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Bears off to 3-1 start

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By John Shindlebower

The Spencer County Baseball Bears are off to a good start with a 3-1 record following two big wins last week on the road.
On Saturday, the Bears traveled to Campbellsville where they finished off the Eagles 11-1 in six innings behind the starting pitching of Nick Vuick. The boys picked up two runs in the second inning and three in the third as they built an early lead. Campbellsville’s lone run came in the third, but the Bears’ offense added another run in the fourth and produced five runs in the sixth to complete the victory.
Nathan Conard collected three hits on the day while Lance Shelton and Josh Ferency each had two hits with Austin Heilman finishing the game on the mound for the save.
Two days before, the Bears notched 10-1 victory over Western Hills in Frankfort. While the temperatures were chilly, the Bears got off to a hot start, plating five runs in the top of the first inning to take a big lead.
Meanwhile, Shelton was effective on the mound, giving up only one run in the second inning while pitching shutout baseball the rest of the evening. The Bears would add another run in the fourth inning and scored four more in a big sixth inning to secure the victory. At the plate for the Bears, Brian Ricks, Nick Vuick, Colin Travis and Conard each had two hits on the night.
Bears Head Coach Steve Slaughter said the experience on this year’s squad could be a real plus.
“We have a senior-led team so they know what it takes to have a successful season,” he said, adding that chemistry will also be key.
“Most of these guys genuinely like each other and have been playing together since middle school.”
Those returning varsity starters include Shelton, Travis, Chase Barnes and Austin Heilman. Slaughter said the team will also be relying on other veterans such as Brian Riggs, Austin King and Conard. Filling out the varsity roster and expected to contribute will be Ferency, Brennan Noel, Wes Pittman, Andrew Conteraes, Aaron French, Derek Clemens, Dylan Barmore and Blake Lambdin.
Slaughter said pitching will be a key to the team’s success this season, and he is expecting solid performances by Shelton, Vuick, Heilman, Riggs, Barnes and Conard on the mound. Slaughter is also expecting this squad to be a good hitting team, and so far this season that seems to be the case.
The Bears were scheduled to play Bardstown at home Monday, but that game was rained out. They were scheduled to play Bullitt Central on Tuesday, and will be on the road the rest of the week at Trimble County on Saturday at 11 a.m. and at Washington County on Monday at 5:30 p.m.