For a group of 10 senior baseball players at Bear River High, the end of their high school careers took place on Thursday, May 16, as they fell to Spanish Fork High in the 4A state tournament. The Bears had a successful run in Region 12, sharing the title with Mountain Crest High, but in the end the Bears finished the season short of the title.
Bear River 8, Park City 6
Advancing to the next level in the 4A state baseball tournament, the Bear River Bears had one loss already in the tournament, but narrowly edged out Park City with a six-run lead in the seventh inning on Wednesday, May 15. The Bears put three runs on the scoreboard in the third inning starting with a line drive single from senior Parker Coombs. Carson Day, Kelton Summers, Braxton Jeppsen and Goose Noble all singled in that inning.
Coombs had a strong game at the plate, going 4-for-5 while Jeppsen went 3-for-4 with a triple and Summers went 2-for-4 with a double.
Hadley Davis pitched just over six innings, giving up 11 hits and striking out two for the win.
Bear River 12, Cedar City 2
Wyatt Roholt had an amazing game at the plate, driving in five runs off of three hits to help the Bears soar past Cedar City High for the win. Roholt went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple and a three run homerun in the third inning over center field.
Tyler Hinkle went 2-for-3 with two doubles and sophomore Easton Lish went 2-for-3 with a double. Junior Dillon Marble brought in a run while going 2-for-2 and Jeppsen hit a double. The Bears out-hit Cedar City 11-5 in five innings after the game ended in mercy rules.
Hinkle had the win in the pitchers circle, striking out two.
Spanish Fork 7, Bear River 4
The end of the season in the 4A state tournament was a tough loss for the Bears, who were trailing behind the Dons 5-4 after five innings of play. Spanish Fork put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Bears couldn’t keep up despite two base hits from Lish and Day. A double play in the seventh inning for Spanish Fork with two Bear River runners on base ended the season for the Bears.
Day went 2-for-2 with a double and with Lish and Summers on the mound.
Next year the Bears will return a talented group of athletes including Lish and Marble, both returning for their junior and senior years.