WEST POINT, Ga. -- UPIKE baseball will have to have short memories of opening weekend after dropping the series finale to Point on Saturday afternoon, 6-4.
Starters Peyton Dove and Harrison Osborn traded goose eggs for the first three innings before UPIKE broke through in the fourth inning on a solo home run (1) from Jay Vincent, the first by a Bear this season.
The lead didn’t last long though. After Dove retired the first two batters, Point loaded the bases and Kyle Kelly unloaded them with a three-RBI double. Dove exited the game after loading the bases and picked up the loss. He only gave up two hits, but also walked two batters and hit another two.
Chase McKinney came in relief of Dove and did well besides one mistake when Anthony Young hit a two-run home run in the fifth to give the Skyhawks a 5-1 lead.
UPIKE got one back in the sixth on an RBI single from Luke Hartlage to score Luke Lubinicki. The Bears had a huge opportunity to come back in the seventh with the go-ahead run at the plate, but a fielder’s choice groundout ended the threat.
Point took advantage of that momentum in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double from David Torres.
Pikeville tried to mount a final rally in the ninth when the Bears got the first two runners on in Jacob Alvarado and Tyler Menrath. Vincent advanced them on a hard grounder, then Alvarado came in to score on a wild pitch. Dillon O’Grady then hit an RBI single to draw the Bears within two and get the tying run to the plate, but nothing else was doing.
The Bears will try to break into the win column on Friday when Pikeville travels to Waleska, Ga. to take on Reinhardt. The teams will play two on Friday afternoon before finishing the series on Saturday.