Multiple errors and an inability get hits in the clutch hurt Bear River’s baseball team Wednesday as the Bruins dropped their Pioneer Valley League opener to Lincoln, 11-5.
Bear River (1-6, 0-1 PVL) tallied 11 hits on its home turf, including a mammoth home run over the center field fence by senior Travis Anderson, but five errors and six unearned runs were the Bruins undoing.
“You can’t give a team five errors,” Bear River head coach Dahorl Ennis said. “You take away the errors we probably win the game. I mean we out hit them, we out played them.”
Anderson, who went 3-for-4 from the plate, took the loss on the mound. The lanky righty pitched four innings for the Bruins, allowing seven hits, walking two, and giving up six runs. Two of the six runs allowed by Anderson were earned.
The Fighting Zebra’s (5-0, 1-0 PVL) were much more careful with the ball, committing no errors on the afternoon.
Junior pitcher Jake Sola led Lincoln, both at the plate and from the mound. Sola pitched all seven innings, allowed 11 hits, five earned runs and struck out three while walking one.
Sola was 2-for-4 from the plate with a double and two RBIs.
Through the first three innings of Wednesday’s game Lincoln looked poised to put up crooked numbers. The Fighting Zebra’s put at least two base runners on in each frame, but Anderson did a great job of limiting Lincoln to just a one run in each of the first three innings. By game’s end Lincoln had stranded 10 base runners.
With Bear River trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third, the Bruin bats came alive. Ryan Anderson reached on an infield single, a two-out double by Jake Sypnicki plated Anderson, and Michael Raigoza scored Sypnicki on a hard grounder through the left side of the infield. Sypnicki and Raigoza were both 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI each.
The Fighting Zebra’s didn’t wait long to buck back, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth. The three run rally started with a Bear River error and was continued with two-outs after another Bruin error.
The Bruins didn’t score again until Travis Anderson’s blast in the sixth. They would put up another two runs in the seventh when the game was already well in Lincoln’s hand.
There were moments in the game when it looked as if the Bruins were going to catch the Fighting Zebra’s, but the Lincoln offense always seemed to have an answer for anything Bear River brought.
After Travis Anderson’s sixth inning homer put the score at 8-3, Lincoln responded with three runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Lincoln tallied 11 hits, 11 runs, made good use of five Bruin errors and scored at least one run in six of the seven innings.
“We need to get our pitching a little more dialed in, get the first pitch in there more often and work on our errors,” Ennis said of what his team needs to improve on as they head into league play. “There were two or three double plays we should have had, and they scored two or three runs after we didn’t get them. If we get them, were out of the inning and momentum switches, and we might even have more hits and more runs.”
Bear River’s Andrew Harris had a good game from the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Andrew Reiss added a single and an RBI.
The Bruins hit the diamond again at 4 p.m. Friday when they travel to take on Foothill.
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