Long Beach Freshman Gage Williams tossing a routine curveball against Stone County High School at Mike Rutledge Field. Photo by Hunter Dawkins.

by Hunter Dawkins

The record of 7-14 may not indicate a successful team outside the box, but the Long Beach Bearcats Baseball Team clinched the second seed with a victory over cross-town rival; West Harrison, Thursday night 3-1.

After closing out against another district rival; Stone County on Tuesday 4-3, the bats of the West Harrison Hurricanes looked to jump on the Bearcats at Mike Rutledge Field.  

Coming off an injury last week, Junior Kobe Cook pitched a complete game gem.  Cook only allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six ane earning the victory.

“That was a huge win for us as it clinched the second spot in our division,” said Long Beach Head Baseball Coach Shane Rutledge.  

“Kobe’s performance was fantastic, he had a terrific night on the mound an a terrific night at the plate.  There’s no lag from being injured where he left off.”

Junior Cade Crosby was the only Long Beach player with multiple hits, but two seniors, Kai Vancourt and Logan Sutherlin reached base twice off walks.

Tuesday evening, the Bearcats beat Stone 4-3 with Long Beach Freshman Gage Williams tossing five innings for the win.  

Senior Matthew Hertzog knocked in two runs off of multiple hits along with Junior Cook.  

Long Beach will host Gautier for Senior Night Friday evening.