Bears Drop Opener in Fort Myers

Ben Webster
Ben Webster

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Rockford scored six unanswered runs to erase an early 3-0 deficit and beat Coast Guard 6-3 in the opening game for both teams at the Gene Cusic Classic.

Coast Guard scored in the top of the first on senior Brendan McNeil's RBI ground out which scored sophomore Jake Behne, who reached on an error to lead off the game.

The Bears tacked on two more runs in the top of the second on an RBI single by sophomore Trey Rittenhouse before sophomore Will Stephens drew a one-out bases loaded walk to give the Bears a 3-0 lead, but Coast Guard would leave the bases loaded.

Rockford tied the game with single runs in the second, third and fourth inning before adding two more in the fifth for a 5-3 lead.

Coast Guard starter sophomore Walter Harris, allowed just one hit over three innings, but walked seven and hit two batters while also striking out five.

Freshman Ben Webster (0-1) was the tough luck loser in the game as he pitched five solid innings and allowed three runs, two earned while scattering five hits and walking one while fanning two.

Junior Chad Thompson picked up the save for Rockford as he threw four hitless innings and struck out three.  Sophomore Joseph Valdez went the first five to get the win.

Rittenhouse had two of the Bears four hits including a double while junior Alex Murdoch and Stevens also hit safely for Coast Guard.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday against archrival Merchant Marine in a doubleheader, the first two games of a three-game series at noon. Coast Guard can secure the Superintendent's Trophy for the 2016-17 year with a series win.

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