The Bellaire Big Reds baseball team looked as if they would cruise to an opening day victory over the hosting Union Local Jets. Halfway through the fourth inning, Bellaire’s boys of spring found themselves in control leading 5-1. Just an inning later, the Reds were in an 11-5 hole. The Jets would eventually tack on one more and hold off a furious Bellaire comeback to gain the victory, 12-10.
The main culprit for the tide-turning, 7-run, UL 5th were Bellaire errors. The Big Reds committed four on the day, each of which led to a Union Local run. Nathan Steele took the mound for the Reds as the starter. In 3 and 2/3rds innings of work, Steele fanned three and issued an equal number of free passes. In relief, Senior Ty West allowed three walks and one hit in his season debut. Nick Hall concluded the game for the Big Reds. He K’ed two and walked one. West was credited with the loss.
Offensively, the Big Reds scattered eleven hits. The production was led by Ty West who was 3 for 4 with a double, triple, and three rbi’s. Brennon Conroy also chased three home for the reds on a 2 for 4 day. Seniors Nick Hall and Bralen Snell both went 2 for 4 for the Reds as well. Both Snell and Hall crossed the dish twice for the reds.
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It was a festive senior night at Bellaire High School on Friday night as the Big Reds defeated Weir High 78-57.
The Big Reds used an 11-0 run that spanned the end of first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter to pull away from the visiting Red Riders. The Big Reds’ halftime lead of 34-25 only ballooned further after another offensive flourish produced a 14-2 run that concluded the third session. Both teams cleared the benches near the end of the fourth and Bellaire’s seniors checked out one last time at home.
The Senior trio of Ty Ramsay, Nathan Steele, and Hunter Westlake all made memorable contributions in their last game inside the House of Champions. Ty Ramsay earned yet another double-double on the season contributing 19 points and 12 rebounds. Hunter Westlake, who has become famous for his strong and gutty performances, muscled through the defense for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Additionally, sharp-shooter Nathan Steele cashed in one last time from downtown to put a lid on a terrific shooting career for the Red and Black.
Bellaire’s young guns also provided impressive accompaniments to their senior brothers. Freshman point guard Chase Yoho led all scorers with 28 points. Sophomore swingman Justyn Keyser poured in 12 points. Tyson Camsky, the sophomore defensive specialist, contributed a pair of buckets on the offensive end and a collection of immeasurable efforts on the defensive end.