During the Spring Break, the baseball team made their second trip to The Peach State in as many years and showed impressive flashes over a dominant four-game stretch.
On February 28, the Bears topped Habersham Central, which plays in Georgia’s 6A division, 13-6. Nick Parker earned the win with 5 strikeouts and 2 earned runs over 2.2 innings. Alex Baaden gave up a run over 2.1 innings and K’ed two, while Jordan Serrano, Chris Nell, and Jacob Lippe held the Raiders to just one hit over the final two innings. Jayden Stroman got the offense started early with a 3-run home run in the top of the 1st. Seth Laureano added his own 3-run homer in the 6th to put the game out of reach.
March 1 featured a 10-0 drubbing of Hart County. Jojo Franco allowed just 2 hits over 5.0 innings and Nell worked around a pair of walks to keep the Bulldogs off the board in his inning of work. Aiden Ruiz’s 3 hits and 3 RBIs paced the offense.
On March 4 the Bears played a double-header and began the day with another 10-0 victory, this time over Newton, one of the largest public schools in Georgia at over 2,400 students. The Rams proved little trouble for Parker, who scattered 4 hits over 5.0 shutout innings. Franco powered the Bears at the plate with 2 hits and 3 RBIs.
The Bears closed the day and the trip with a 6-1 victory over Social Circle. Lippe earned the win by allowing just 1 hit and 1 run over 4.0 innings. Baaden and Stroman held the Red and Black hitless over the final 3.0 innings, while Laureano (3 H, 3 RBI) and Franco (1 H, 2 RBI) led the offense.
The Bears returned north of the Mason-Dixon Line with an aggregate score of 39-7 and a strong springboard into a challenging schedule that they hope will position them well for another state title push.