SMCC Bears outhit 19th-ranked Itawamba in twinbill setback

SMCC Bears outhit 19th-ranked Itawamba in twinbill setback

The Bears outhit the 19th-ranked Itawamba Indians 23-15 Friday in Fulton, but unfortunately come out just short in both ends of their doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 9-8.

Itawamba held a 3-0 lead after three innings of the opener. The Bears got on the board, and made it 3-1, on Paco Bello's solo homer to left field in the top of the fourth.

Justin Medlin's homer in the bottom of the sixth increased the Itawamba (22-9, 9-7) lead to 4-1. The Bears then cut their deficit by one in their half of the seventh on Kyle Singleton's leadoff homer. That would prove to be the final run of the game as Itawamba held on for the win.

Brendon Baker allowed four runs on six hits and a walk in 6.1 innings on the mound in taking the loss for the Bears (16-22, 9-17). He struck out four batters.

Payton Yawn had three singles in the game while T Tez Cole hit safely twice and Quartez Brown had a double.

Game two started off much like the first with Itawamba holding a 5-0 advantage at the end of two innings.

Cole's line drive single to left field sent two Bears across the plate to trim the Itawamba lead to 5-2.

Itawamba then did their best to put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs with two outs to move out to an 8-2 lead.

The Bears, however, were not quite ready to call it quits, scoring six runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 8-8. Singleton had the big blast of the inning, sending an 0-1 pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam. Tyler White had a two-RBI single (he also had another base hit in the game).

Itawamba then scored what proved to be the winning run in their half of the fifth when the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and crossed the plate three batters later.

Henry McDonald took the loss on the mound, surrendering a run on one hit in two innings. He struck out one batter.

Brown had three singles in the game while Isaiah Davis had two hits.

The Bears return to the diamond on April 17 when they travel to Pineville, LA, for a 3:00 doubleheader against the Louisiana College JV squad.