SEWARD – The Tri-Valley Bears ended their season Monday night after traveling to Seward for a Sectional clash. For the seniors, this season marked the final trip on the roller coaster of high …
SEWARD – The Tri-Valley Bears ended their season Monday night after traveling to Seward for a Sectional clash. For the seniors, this season marked the final trip on the roller coaster of high school athletics, with less than a month remaining of their high school careers. The Bears fought, rallying for three runs in the 6th, but were unable to overcome the five-run Spartan lead, and the Bears ultimately lost 6-3.
The Bears finished the regular season 11-7 (3-3) before losing their playoff game and finishing 11-8. Of the game, Crudele said, “Seward’s pitcher threw very well. He got ahead in a lot of counts, and their defense made a lot of plays. We waited too long to start hitting the ball, and we had a tough time finding any gaps.”
Tri-Valley and Seward split the regular season series, with Tri-Valley winning the most recent battle 10-9. When the two teams met for the Sectional matchup, Seward held the higher seed, therefore hosting the game.
Tri-Valley was held scoreless through the first five innings, while Seward used short spurts of two, one, and two runs scored over the first three innings to build up a 5-0 lead and give themselves a cushion.
Things got a bit interesting in the 6th, when Bill Steele’s Spartan squad allowed three earned runs to score for the Bears. Austin Hartman, Brian Kelly and Andrew Cox all reached home plate safely in the inning. In the bottom of the sixth Seward added an extra insurance run to make the 5-3 game a 6-3 score instead.
Try as they might, the Bears of the valley were unable to score in the 7th, and Seward was able to come away with the 6-3 victory and move on to play Chester.
Kevin Crudele spoke highly of the Bears after the conclusion of his first season as the head coach. He said, “We had a great group of seniors this year. They knew the Tri-Valley way and they showed the younger guys how to approach things. We had a pretty young team, so hopefully we’ll have a lot of returning players next year and get back to it.”
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