The Bears couldn’t capitalize off the momentum from winning the Northgate game last Friday, falling to 5-15 overall and 2-9 in subregion A play. Jones County improves to 14-7, 8-3 — good enough for second place in the subregion A standings.
It was Senior Night at The Bears’ Den and Griffin’s only senior, Trent Cosper, started on the mound for the home team and was cruising right along. The game was scoreless until the third inning, when Griffin dented the scoreboard.
Bears leadoff hitter Keyston Fuller reached first base on a throwing error and when the ball bounced over the fence, Fuller advanced to second. Cornelius Randolph smacked a double one out later, scoring Fuller for the 1-0 Griffin lead. Daniel Gooden followed with a double that scored Randolph and Griffin staked Cosper to a 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately for Cosper and the Bears, the Greyhounds flexed their muscle and captured the lead. They scored four runs off four hits and a Bears error in the top of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. The Bears couldn’t muster any more runs for Cosper and Jones County added two more runs in the sixth for the final 6-2 margin.
For his night, Cosper pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits, striking out 1 and walking 3. He was replaced in the top of the seventh by Montico Dodson, who got three flyball outs in his mound appearance.
Griffin finishes subregion A play Wednesday evening at Dutchtown High at 5:30 p.m. in a game where the Bears will be looking to sweep an opponent. Griffin defeated Dutchtown 11-1 at The Bears’ Den on March 26 for their second win of the season.
The Bears end the 2012 season with a subregion B game at Upson-Lee Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Griffin will end this season as one of the youngest teams in Region 3-AAAA. Seven of the nine position players on the Bears who competed throughout the season were either freshmen or sophomores and that possibly explains the up-and-down season the team had in 2012.
The Bears were a team of streaks after the first two weeks of the season. After a loss and a win to start the season at 1-1, Griffin lost 9 straight games, won 3 straight games and lost 4 more before beating Northgate 4-3 last Friday and losing Monday.