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Bears beat Anderson 3-1

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By John Shindlebower

Good pitching, clutch hitting and solid defense combined to give the Spencer County Bears an impressive 3-1 victory over visiting Anderson County last Thursday night.

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The Bearcats dented the plate in the first inning for a lone run but it could have been worse if not for a diving snag of a line drive in left field by Spencer County’s Cameron Smith that ended the inning with an Anderson runner stranded on third.

In the third inning an unassisted double play by Bear 2nd baseman Timmy Riley ended another scoring threat by the Bearcats.

In the bottom of the third, Spencer County’s Mitchell Guzman drew a two-out walk when he was hit in the foot by a pitch. Alex Sorrells, batting cleanup, then belted a home-run over the fence in right center field to stake the Bears to a 2-1 lead.

Spencer County’s Johnny Thacker got a three-up, three down inning in the fourth inning but ran into a little trouble in the top of the fifth, when he issued a two-out walk. The runner then advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third. However, the next batter hit a long drive to center field that Spencer County’s Bryant Fowler ran down to end the threat.

The Bears added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Cameron Smith used his speed to complete a leadoff triple, then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Fowler.

Spencer County threatened again in the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with only one out, but failed to get any of the runners across the bait, leaving Thacker to take the mound in 7th protecting a slim 3-1 lead. Thacker retired the first batter with a flyball to right field, then struck out the inning’s second batter. The battle with the last batter went to a full-count before Thacker got him to ground out to second base to seal the game.

The victory moved the Bears to 5-4 on the season. However, on Friday the Bears dropped a 11-9 decision at home to South Oldham, then fell 5-4 on the road at Trimble County on Saturday.

The Bears were scheduled to host Shelby County on Tuesday, Eminence on Thursday and North Bullitt on Saturday before hitting the road for a game next week at Eminence.