Miles Golden Bears Sweep Stillman

Miles baseball team got back on the winning track on Saturday, taking a pair of games from Stillman. The Golden Bears (3-4) took the opener 11-10 before rolling to a 16-2 win in the nightcap.

GAME 1 – Miles 11, Stillman 10

The Golden Bears jumped out to a sizable lead but needed to snuff out a late Tigers rally to earn the victory. Miles led 11-8 going into the seventh but Stillman (0-7) got back-to-back doubles from Sam Mounce and Sanders Napoles to put the tying runs in scoring position. Peyton Caron would come in and allow a run to score on a wild pitch but got the final two outs for the save, leaving the tying run stranded on third.

Early, it looked as if Miles would not have to worry about any late-game histrionics. The Golden Bears scored six times in the second, getting a two-run single by Bryan Baker and RBI hits from Destin Davidson and Jacob Bisharat to lead the charge. Miles added five more runs across the fourth and fifth frames, with Caron driving in three and Bisharat knocking in the other two, to help the Golden Bears to an 11-6 advantage. But a 2-run double by Ben Vowell in the sixth cut into the lead, setting up the drama in the seventh.

Kolten Easterwood (1-0) got the win, pitching two innings in relief. Miles finished with 10 hits, with Davidson (3-for-3, 3 runs), Caron (2-for-4), Bisharat (2-for3), and Jeffrey Wright (2-for-4) all with multi-hit efforts.

GAME 2 – Miles 16, Stillman 2

Stillman led 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth before the wheels fell off for the Tigers. Miles would score 10 times in the fourth and six more in the fifth before the game was called due to darkness in the bottom of the sixth.

Will Cantey (1-1) pitched well for Miles, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out six in four innings. But it was the offensive onslaught that took center stage for the Golden Bears. The door was opened by the Tigers defense, which committed six errors over all and five in the fourth inning alone – four by second baseman Alex Murray. Miles had only three hits in the inning – doubles by Bisharat, Grey Humphries and Baker.

There was more to come in the fifth for Miles, and it all came with two outs. Caron tripled and Bisharat doubled to drive him in. Ryan Rodda drove him in with an infield single and after loading the bases, Baker brought in two with a single. Michael Archie and Drew Fondren each added RBI singles for the final tallies.

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