Bears primed to exit bottom of league standings

Despite back-to-back losses Bear Creek has looked good

Bear Creek senior Rob Vance has been on an offensive tear to start his season and owns a .526 batting average through his first six games of the season. Photo by Daniel Williams
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Bear Creek baseball’s .500 record best describes their start to the season.

After briefly catching fire the Bears have dropped back-to-back games with their last loss coming in a 15-6 rout by Fairview Monday at Bear Creek High School.

The Knights had five players record multiple hits as Fairview scored in all of but one inning.

Two days before, Bear Creek was beat 6-5 at Horizon High School.

The two losses ended a four-game winning streak where they outscored their opposition 50-19 over that span.

But over the Bears’ past two losses they have been outscored 21-11.

Perhaps Bear Creek’s two losses came at just the right time as they prepare to open 5A league play.

Last season the Bears finished last in 5A Jeffco with 8-11 record (2-6 in league play) and they lost six of their final seven games of the season.

This season Bear Creek looks improved and like a more balanced team. The Bears have four players batting over .400 including senior Rob Vance who is hitting .526.

Vance recorded 10 hits over his first 19 at bats this season.

In addition, senior Alex Debell had 10 RBI in just 17 at bats this season as well as a .353 average.

But if Bear Creek wants to get out of the basement of 5A Jeffco it is the pitching that must take the biggest step forward.

The Bears have gotten strong efforts from sophomore Thomas Martinez who won his first two games of the season with an impressive 0.70 earned run average.

Considering 5A Jeffco already has three proven powerhouse teams — Chatfield and Columbine are both 11-0 this season and Ralston Valley is 9-1 — the Bears have their work cut out for them if they intend on getting out of the league’s basement and competing for a title.

Bear Creek (5-5) will play at Westminster Friday at 4 p.m.