Coach Trevor Humphry and the Mena Bearcats baseball team picked up their first win of the young season on Monday afternoon, as the Acorn Tigers played their season opener at Union Bank Park.
Rhett Brotherton earned the start on the mound for Mena and ended up going 5.0 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 13 strikeouts. For Acorn, Braylan Bohlman got the start and went 4.0 innings, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk
Mena reached the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first innings, as Brody Peters scored on a sacrifice fly from Michael Sullivan to make the score 1-0.
Following a scoreless second inning, Noah Hollander reached base via a Mena error to lead off the top of the third inning. Just two batters later, Bohlman would drive in Holland with an RBI single into left field to knot the score up at 1-1.
The Bearcats responded in the bottom half of the third. Brotherton drove in Sean Sullivan with an RBI double, before Brotherton scored a run of his own on a error by Acorn, make the Mena lead 3-1.
Fast forward to the fifth inning, a double steal worked to perfection for Acorn to cut their deficit to 3-2. A few pitches later, Bohlman drove in another run with an RBI double to left, tying the score back up at 3-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, Reed McGee would relieve Bohlman on the mound. Five of the six Bearcats to face McGee would reach base, scoring three runs to give Mena the lead back at 6-3. Holland would come in to pitch with one out in the inning, and struck out to two batters to put the inning to rest.
Mena added on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a couple of errors by the Tigers, to extend their lead to 8-3 heading into the seventh.
After relieving Brotherton in the sixth, Sean Sullivan would remain on the mound for Mena in the seventh with only three outs needed to end the game. The first three Tigers to come to the plate would reach base, scoring one run. However, Sullivan would get a groundout and back-to-back strikeouts to end the game with a final score of 8-4 in favor of the Bearcats.
On Tuesday, Mena Baseball was back in action hosting the Kirby Trojans.
Mena would lead 10-6 after two complete innings, and then went on to score 10 unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings, making the eventual final score 20-6 after five innings.
Also on Tuesday, the Cossatot River Eagles hosted Cedarville and picked up their second win of the season 12-2 over the Pirates.
Acorn and Cossatot River Baseball will both be in action on Friday. Acorn is set to host Mount Ida, while Cossatot River travels to Paris. Mena Baseball is next set for their conference opener at Pottsville on March 28.
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