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With tears in their eyes, Marty Curtis addressed the Bunker Hill baseball team following its 4-2 loss to Midway in the third game of 2A state championship series on Saturday at UNC-Greensboro.
â€śYouâ€™re one of a kind,â€ť Curtis said of his team, which made the schoolâ€™s first-ever trip to the state championship. â€śWhat you did this season other teams at our school will remember the next time they play here.â€ť
The Bears fought valiantly in the best-of-three format against the Raiders.
After giving up 12 hits in a 10-3 loss on Friday in game one, Bunker Hill fought back to tie the series at one game apiece with a 4-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at UNC-Greensboro.
The win included a three RBIs from Bears third baseman Cooper Wray and a five-strikeout outing on the mound for left-handed pitcher Clay Ervin.
Going as far as they could â€” a 34th game â€”the Bears did just what their motto had been all season long â€” grind.
Despite all their efforts, Bunker Hill came up just shy of their goal of winning the state title, falling 4-2 to Midway in Saturdayâ€™s nightcap.
Less than 24 hours after throwing 75 pitches in a game one start, senior Colton Chapman threw more than 100 pitches and allowed one earned run in relief in the third and final game of the series.
Despite the loss, Chapman said the experience from this season is something heâ€™ll never forget.
â€śItâ€™s been a heck of a ride,â€ť Chapman said. â€śJust the way these guys came together, itâ€™s been amazing. I wouldnâ€™t want to play on another baseball team. You couldnâ€™t put me on a 4A team. I wouldnâ€™t want it. I want my brothers that Iâ€™ve been here with from day one.â€ť
Curtis was in awe of Chapmanâ€™s play, which included a team-high two hits in the final contest.
â€śColton Chapman probably had the most courageous effort Iâ€™ve ever seen out of a baseball player in 42 years,â€ť Curtis said. â€śTo come back and throw 100 pitches after throwing 75 Friday night and getting a couple of hits on a bad foot is incredible.â€ť
Senior Cole Brady Ervin, who had a double in the final game of the series, said this season has been unbelievable.
â€śItâ€™s insane,â€ť he said. â€śWe just stayed together, grinded it out and got here. We tried to make it happen, but didnâ€™t.â€ť
Bunker Hill graduates eight seniors from its baseball team, including Austin Griffith, Jordan Speaks, Kyle Lineberger and Jacob Turner.
Curtis is proud of his veteran group, which also includes starters Jake Loftin, Jordan Eckard, Cole Ervin and Chapman.
â€śItâ€™s a tremendous group of seniors weâ€™ve got,â€ť Curtis said. â€śThey are very tight, tremendously hard workers, and I love them to death.â€ť
The benchmark for baseball at Bunker Hill has been set, and Curtis said this yearâ€™s team is one that wonâ€™t be forgotten anytime soon.
â€śThey are a very special group,â€ť Curtis said. â€śTheyâ€™ve taken Bunker Hill baseball to a place itâ€™s never been. To come down here and compete like they did after losing Friday night. To come back and win a hardfought game and go to the end with a chance to win this game is unbelievable.â€ťView more articles in: