Bears split a pair at LC-M Tournament

Published 9:08 pm Friday, March 8, 2019

By Caleb Adams

Leader Correspondent


LITTLE CYPRESS — The LC-M Bears outlasted the New Waverly Bulldogs in a final of 2-0 in the first game of the LCM Tournament Friday.

LC-M’s Hunter Perkins and New Waverly’s Konway Baird threw shutouts for the majority of the game, keeping both offenses off balance and struggling to create any opportunities in the first place. Baird would eventually get pulled in the middle of the sixth inning after giving up his first run of the day.

Perkins was able to keep his pitch count low, relatively, while throwing all seven innings of the game. He used his defense to his advantage and had them collect the majority of the outs, using the off speed pitch to keep the batters guessing each at bat. Perkins went seven innings with two strikeouts, two walks, no runs and two hits allowed.

The game was runless until the bottom of the sixth when the Bears bats woke up and started pushing runners around the paths. The Bulldogs had real trouble finding ways to advance even a runner to third base, making it difficult to score runs as their hits are few and far between.

The Bears finally found runs with a long fly ball to center from Anthony Bandiero. After two leadoff walks the Bears had Perkins on third waiting to score, Bandiero sent one deep to center and the fielder couldn’t handle it. Bandiero found his way to second and the Bears took the first lead of the game. Max Dileo sent another one deep to center as a sac fly to bring in Jordan Alexander from third base, for the second run of the inning. That’s all the Bears would find in the inning but it enabled them to take a 2-0 lead heading into the last inning.

The Bears fell to Buffalo 4-3 in their second game of the day .

LC-M outhit Buffalo 8-6. Perkins, Taylor Gilbert and Alexander each had two hits. Alexander had a double and two RBI.

The Bears will play Buffalo Saturday at 12:15 p.m.

The Bears defeated the Shepherd Pirates 14-1 at the LC-M Tournament Thursday.

Taylor Gilbert was 2-for-2 with three runs batted in and scored. Brett Burrows was also 2-for-2 with a RBI, a double and a run scored.

Anthony Bandiero was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI and a run scored. Ty Moreland was 1-for-1 with a double, a RBI and a run scored. Ty Shugart went 1-for-1 with two runs scored. Jordan Alexander went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Max Dileo was 1-for-1 with a RBI and a run scored. Bryce Thibodeaux and Jody Ray both added hits.