Bears defeat Liberty Bell, last of the unbeatens, 5-2
BREWSTER – The Bears’ varsity baseball team knocked off the last of their unbeaten North Central Washington 2B League rivals with a 5-2 over 7-0 Liberty Bell last Tuesday, April 11.
With sophomore pitcher Jeff Sonneman on the mound, the Bears took a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning before the Mountain Lions got on the board when a wild throw to third base allowed a Liberty Bell run to score.
Bears coach Todd Phillips called the Liberty Bell game “probably the most focused we’ve been through an entire game this year.”
Phillips said his team had “good approaches at the plate and played well defensively.”
Brewster scored two runs in the first inning when Jeff Sonneman reached home on an error and joe Taylor smacked an inside-the-park home run.
The Bears added another three runs in the third inning when Sonneman, Taylor, and Isaac Baker loaded the bases at the start of the inning. Freshman Corey Jarrell drew a bases-loaded walk to force in one run. Batter Jorge Ramirez was then hit by a pitch to bring home another score. Logan McGuire hit a sacrifice fly to score Brewster’s third run.
“We had a few other scoring opportunities that we weren’t able to capitalize on,” Phillips said.
The Mountain Lions rallied in the sixth inning for two runs, one on a wild throw to third base, but did not threaten after that.
Raiders win one
Following a 16-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader on the Raiders home field last Friday, April 14, the Bears dropped the second game to Lake Roosevelt, 4-2, for the Bears’ first league loss of the season.
“I don’t feel like we were really ready to play the second game of the Lake Roosevelt series,” said Phillips.
Phillips said the Raiders’ senior pitcher, Tyrell Kiser “has beat us two years in a row.”
Brewster’s only league losses in the past 50 games have come at the hands of Kiser.
“He has our number,” said Phillips. “We just have to hit the ball and manufacture a run.”
Phillips added that some costly defensive mistakes “put ourselves in an unnecessary hole.”
Brewster was scheduled to play at Liberty Bell Tuesday, April 18, and will host Pateros for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, followed by Tonasket at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.