MILTON, Ga. — A week after beating the 2016 Class 6A state runner-up Pope, the Bears had an opportunity to defeat the defending state champs, Walton, but a frustrating first inning doomed their hopes.
Though four Cambridge pitchers allowed just three hits throughout the game, the Bears (9-11, 6-5) walked eight batters in the first inning, allowing Walton to take a 5-0 lead before getting a hit. The Bears walked 11 batters in the game.
Cambridge had five hits against Walton’s dominate pitching, but they were only able to score one run in the top of the sixth inning. Cameron Moore opened the inning with a double and went on to score on a ground out from pinch-hitter Christian Lail.
The Bears had other scoring chances but stranded eight runners in the loss.
The spring break game was Cambridge’s penultimate against a non-region opponent. The Bears will now turn their attention back to Region 7-AAAAAA opponents.
The Bears earned a crucial win with a 4-2 victory over Pope, the Greyhounds first region loss, on March 30 to put them in a three-way tie with Alpharetta and Dunwoody for third in Region 7-AAAAAA. The top four teams in the region standings will earn a playoff berth.
With five region games remaining, four teams are in the running for the final two playoff spots. Johns Creek sits one game behind the three-way tie for third in the region standings.
Cambridge opens play this week against Dunwoody, needing a win to split the series. Dunwoody beat the Bears 10-3 on March 16, and Cambridge willl need to win by eight runs or more to hold the tiebreaker over the Wildcats.
On April 19, Cambridge will play Alpharetta and can capture the series with a win after posting an earlier win against the Raiders, 1-0, on March 22.
Johns Creek holds the tiebreaker over Cambridge. Though the teams split the series, Johns Creek earned the tiebreaker by outscoring the Bears.