Devon Jones and Chris Rice "threw well" for the Mott Community College Bears, who split a double header Saturday with the Lake Michigan College Red Hawks.
The Bears lost the nightcap, 3-1, but Rice, a sophomore from Taylor Gabriel Richard High, put forth an admirable performance, says Mott CC assistant coach and athletic coordinator Shawn Brown.
"It was a heartbreaker. Chris Rice threw a good game. However, we didn't get enough run-support for him. He only had one rough inning -- ended up being two runs -- but he still struck out seven. His velocity was anywhere from 88-92 mph."
Rice (0-1) is the Bears' No. 1 pitcher; the crafty lefty has drawn interest from Major League Baseball scouts in the past and will surely be Mott's top gun this spring.
Jones, another lefty, could be Mott's second-best option this season. The former Wyandotte Roosevelt star threw three solid innings during a 13-5 extra-innings, opening-game victory over the Red Hawks (formerly LMC Indians).
Former Flushing star, sophomore infielder Brett Brindley, broke open the game for Mott with a three-run blast that sent the Red Hawks packing. Joe Killian, a sophomore from Chippewa Valley, had three singles in Game 1.
The Bears (2-9, 1-1 MCCAA) face the St. Clair County Community College Skippers at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Port Huron.
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