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The Ava Bears warm up before their "once in a lifetime experience" of playing baseball at Hammons Field Monday afternoon.
The Ava Bears warm up before their "once in a lifetime experience" of playing baseball at Hammons Field Monday afternoon.

Bears Improve Record to 13-1; Drop First Loss at Rogersville

The Ava Bears warm up before their "once in a lifetime experience" of playing baseball at Hammons Field Monday afternoon.

The Ava Bears warm up before their “once in a lifetime experience” of playing baseball at Hammons Field Monday afternoon.

The Ava High School Bears suffered their first loss of the season at Rogersville last Thursday evening, but in the meantime the Baseball Bears improved their record to 13-1 with wins over Forsyth and Gainesville.
On Monday the Bears had the rare opportunity to play at Hammons Field, in Springfield, where they took a 9-2 win from Forsyth.
Ben Loge started for the Bears and pitched three innings, and picked up his 7th win of the season. Loge faced 10 Panthers in his three innings of work, striking out six of the batters he faced.
Zach Hunsaker pitched the final four innings for the Bears, allowing one earned run and striking out four.
Cooper Emerich had an all-star afternoon at his second base position, and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple, driving in three runs and scoring a run.
Catcher Morgan Smith was also 3-for-4 on the day, and Chase Gastineau was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Cody Huff was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Huff, Smith and Gastineau each had a double on the afternoon.
Ava’s bats were quiet at Rogersville last Thursday afternoon as the Bears suffered a 10-0 loss to the Wildcats.
Chance Boyd, Nick Sterling and Caleb McFarlin had Ava’s only hits off Rogersville’s Denney who recorded seven strikeouts on the day.
Hunsaker, Huff and Sterling pitched for Ava and Hunsaker took the loss.
The Bears traveled to Ozark County Tuesday afternoon and took a 15-7 win from the Gainesville Bulldogs in non-conference play.
The Bears were closing out the SCA schedule at Houston Wednesday afternoon with a make-up game that was rained out back on April 7.
The Bears were hoping to take a win at Houston to protect their unblemished conference record.
This weekend the Bears will begin play in the Ash Grove Tournament which runs Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
District play will begin May 17 with Ava hosting the Class 3 District 10 Tournament.
The district meeting was held Wednesday, with the Bears drawing the No. 2 seed. Ava will face Willow Springs in first-round action at 12 noon Saturday, May 17.
At Ash Grove on Saturday, the Bears will play Ash Grove at 10 a.m. and Fordland at 12:30.
Ava will play Marionville at 4:30 Monday.
The third place game will begin at 4:30 Tuesday with the championship to follow at 7 p.m.
District Tournament seedings include Springfield Catholic as the top seed and drawing a first-round bye, followed by Ava, Mtn. Grove and Strafford. The lower half of the bracket includes Houston (5), Mtn. View-Liberty (6), and Willow Springs (7).
At Gainesville Tuesday, Shannon Porter drove in three runs and Emerich, Loge and Huff had two RBIs apiece. Emerich, Porter, Gastineau, Hunsaker and Vinson each scored twice for the Bears.
Freshman Nick Sterling went four innings and got the win for Ava. Cody Huff pitched three innings for the Bears.
Porter and Huff each homered for the Bears and Loge and Porter had extra base hits with doubles.

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