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The Spencer County Bears packed up for Florida this weekend riding on a six-game winning streak following their 4-1 victory over visiting Washington County on Thursday afternoon.
Austin Heilman pitched three innings of one-hit baseball, the lone hit coming to the leadoff hitter in the first inning, who reached on a slow-rolling bunt that refused to go foul. The base runner was caught stealing a couple of pitches later and Heilman got the next batter to ground out to short and struck out the third batter.
The Bears produced nothing at the plate in the bottom of the first inning and Heilman then struck out two batters in the second inning as the Commanders went three up and three down.
The second inning was a scoring inning for the Bears however, as Nick Vuick doubled to center field and then scored on a two-out single by Josh Ferency to give Spencer County a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Heilman struck out the first two batters and threw out the third batter following a chopper back to the mound.
The Bears struck again in the bottom of the third inning, when Chase Barnes led off with an infield single and advanced when Nathan Conard followed with a single of his own. Both runners advanced on a Heilman sacrifice fly, and both runners scored when Lance Shelton delivered a single to make it 3-0.
Brian Riggs relieved Heilman on the mound in the fourth inning and retired the first two batters on fly balls that left fielder Ferency snagged. The third batter reached on an effort, but then Barnes made a great play in center field on a well hit ball that ended the inning.
The Commanders were able to cross the plate in the top of the sixth inning when their leadoff man reached on a single. The next batter reached on a throwing error that also allowed the run to score to make it 3-1
The Bears got that run back in the bottom of the inning when Vuick singled to left field and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Riggs. Ferency then doubled to deep center field to score Vuick and the Bears built their lead to 4-1.
Barnes then came on in relief in the top of the seventh and, after giving up a leadoff single, retired the final three batters to earn the save and send the Bears to a 6-1 record for the season.
The Bears will spend the next week in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where they are scheduled to play five games before returning home to host Bullitt Central on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.