Stallions defeat Bears 16-10 in Conference Game

Lefty Jacob Beard delivering a pitch. (Ed Berti)
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The Queens Grant High School Stallions defeated the Bradford Prep Bears 16-10 in a conference home game on Friday night.

The Stallions who are now 7-3 in the PAC-7 Conference are sitting in good position.  They have a big conference game coming up at home on Tuesday night April 24th against Union Academy who are 8-2.  Meanwhile, the Bears gave the boys from Matthews-Mint Hill all they could handle on a cold damp night after sunset.

Nick Kuebler set to drive in 2 RBI’s with a base hit. (Ed Berti)

The Bears struck first with four runs off sophomore starter Jacob Beard.  The visitors scored 2 earned runs and 2 unearned runs due to a few errors on the field by the Stallions.  However, the Stallions bounced back with 6 runs of their own in the bottom half of the first on a combination of hits, walks and errors to take a 6-4 lead.

In the second inning the Bears added 2 more runs to tie the score.  Then the Stallions countered with 3 more runs in the bottom of the frame to make the score 9-6 after two innings of competition.  Beard pitched 2.0 innings giving up only 3 hits, he walked 3 batters allowing 6 runs, however, only 2 runs were earned.  He could have used some defensive support from his teammates.

In the bottom of the third inning the Stallions broke open the game by putting 5 runs on the scoreboard on multiple hits, a few base on balls, the assistance of an error, and the only extra base hit in the game for the Stallions from Jacob Beard who drove in 2 RBI’s.  Queens Grant now had a commanding 14-6 advantage.

John Orlowski smacking a base hit. (Ed Berti)

Both clubs scored 2 runs in the fourth inning making the score 16-8 on a combination of hits, errors and base on balls with a wild pitch thrown in for good order.  The Bears would score two more runs in the sixth and would be shut-down in the seventh to secure the 16-10 victory for the Stallions.

The Stallions scored 16 runs on 12 hits while committing 4 errors, and the Bears 10 runs on 11 hits with 4 errors.  Offensively, Jacob Beard went 2-2 with a double and 2 RBI’s, Robbie Corley 2-3, 2 RBI’s, Jacob Laplant 2-2 with 1 RBI, Nick Kuebler 1-1, 2 RBI’s, 2 stolen bases.

Pitching beyond Beard, the Stallions Nick Kuebler went 2.2 innings, yielding 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and Bryce Gorospe pitched 2.1 innings allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 walk and accumulated 6 strike outs.  Kuebler picked up the win for the Stallions who should be prepared for Tuesday nights big match-up.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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