Bear River baseball off to a slow start
The Bear River varsity baseball season has gotten off to a less-than-ideal start.
With a 12-2 road loss to Whitney on Saturday, fifth-year head coach Dahorl Ennis is looking to his nucleus of seniors to help stem the tide and turn around a 0-2 start.
Travis and Ryan Anderson showed sparks of what Bruins’ fans should hope to expect in the coming weeks.
As the leadoff hitter, Travis Anderson started the Bruins off with a base on balls and singled in the third inning. Coming over from the varsity basketball team, Anderson’s late addition is expected to improve his team’s performance, Ennis said.
In his first action of the season from the mound, Anderson’s day ended on a sour note, allowing the game-ending run to score in the fifth inning. Whitney’s 10- run advantage officially ended the ballgame.
“They were just hitting the ball today,” Ennis said of Anderson’s pitching performance. “He’s never seen these guys, so he just needs to practice.”
Though Ryan Anderson did not start, his two-out single in the fourth inning gave the Bruins their only runs of the game.
Seniors Michael Raigoza and Brodie Beck will anchor the Bruins’ infield at shortstop and first base respectively, as Jake Sypnicki and Tyler Toft head a group of underclassman who make up the majority of Bruins’ infielders.
To start the season, Ennis is without his first- and second-string catchers, Dallon Crilly and David Chorjel.
The inexperience behind the plate was apparent Saturday as Whitney (1-0) scored three runs on four passed balls.
Starting senior pitcher Andrew Reiss met a tough all-around Whitney offense, surrendering four walks, five hits, and was charged with eight earned runs in one inning of work.
Bear River’s pitching staff continued to struggle after Reiss’ departure. By game’s end, the Bruins walked a total of nine batters, allowed 12 hits and allowed runners to score in every inning.
Bear River struggled to match the Wildcats’ fire power, as the Bruins were unable to get an extra-base hit and managed six singles on the afternoon.
Two games into the young season, the Bruins have been outscored 24-4, and have given up multiple runs early in both losses.
“They can’t give up after the first inning,” Ennis said. “This has happened two games in a row. … They got to learn how to play with some heart and start figuring it out real fast, or this will be a long year for them.”