Back-to-Back For Bell City as Cubs Cruise Past NCA

by Nathan Gerdts | Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016


The Bell City Cubs celebrate their second straight Missouri Class 1 state title in baseball

The Bell City Cubs celebrate their second straight Missouri Class 1 state title in baseball

The Class 1 state championship in Missouri high school baseball is headed back to Bell City.

The Cubs knocked off New Covenant Academy 7-2 on the morning of June 1 at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, MO, to make it consecutive titles in 2015-16.

Bell City jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Cole Nichols led off with a base hit to center field, stole second and scored on a throwing error by the NCA second baseman.

Nichols, a senior who also was the starting pitcher, came through big again in the bottom of the second. After the first two hitters in the inning were hit by a pitch, Nichols smoked a two-out, two-strike pitch to deep left center to drive in both runs.

Peyton Maddox looks to make a play in center field for Bell City

Peyton Maddox looks to make a play in center field for Bell City

The Warriors got on the board in the top of the third. Silas Siebert punched a one-out single just pas the third baseman and scored on a base hit from Josh Isbell to close the gap at 3-1.

But the Cubs blew the doors open in the bottom of the fourth. Jesse Smith singled with one out and Taylor Ogden reached on an error in left field.

New Covenant starter Matt Searson was pulled for Alan Ramsey, but an error at third allowed Nichols to reach and load the bases. Austin Hicks promptly unloaded them with a double to the deepest part of left field that proved to be the biggest hit of the game and pushed Bell City’s lead to 6-1

NCA did not go quietly, scoring in the top of the fifth after Cody Malan reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a double from Isbell.

Nichols allowed the first two Warriors, Corbin Morgan and Ramsey, to reach in the top of the sixth on a base hit to center and a walk, respectively. Searson singled to right with two outs to load the bases, but Nichols tiptoed out of the jam by coaxing a grounder from Malan that forced out Searson at second.

Bell City added an insurance in the bottom of the sixth. Nichols tripled to deep left center to lead off, and Nate Finney hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring him home.

Nate Finney takes a mighty hack to drive in a run in Bell City's 7-2 win over New Covenant Academy

Nate Finney takes a mighty hack to drive in a run in Bell City’s 7-2 win over New Covenant Academy

Nichols stepped back on the mound in the seventh to try and finish off a complete game victory. In just four pitches, the right-hander retired the side in order for the first time all game, the last out on a grounder to second base that Smith gloved and threw to Tyler Evans to seal the win.

Nichols scattered eight hits and three walks in the win while striking out five. Searson took the loss while also starting for New Covenant, giving up four earned runs over 3 1/3 innings on five hits and a walk, while Ramsey gave up an unearned tally on three hits and a free pass over 2 2/3 innings pitched.

Nichols was even more of a star at the plate for the Cubs with three total hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Bobby Wright recorded two hits in three at-bats and scored a run. Smith scored two runs for the Cubs, which finished with eight hits as a team and left seven runners on base.

Siebert and Isbell each picked up two hits for New Covenant, and Isbell drove in both runs. The Warriors, who finish 24-5 and earn their best finish in school history, tallied eight hits and left 10 runners stranded.

Bell City finishes 24-3 and wins its third state title in baseball. The Cubs are the first team to repeat at the Class 1 level since New Bloomfield won three straight state championships from 1991-93.


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