On a crisp, cool, blue skied Saturday the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears took the field in a final battle to survive the 2013  Class 4A regional playoffs. After dropping Game One of the best-of-three series on the road against Barbers Hill, the Battlin’ Bears returned home to Don Gibbens Field for crucial Game Two.

The favored Barbers Hill Eagles would eventually prevail, 11-8. But not before the Bears would drag the Eagles into an extra inning as the sun set on Don Gibbens Field and another playoff season came to an end for LCM.LCMBB.1293.Dunn

LCM senior James Swan had two home runs in the contest, one a third inning grand slam that tied the ball game 4-4. Swan struck again with a two run homer in the sixth inning to tie the contest back up 8-8 forcing an extra inning. Barbers Hill pulled ahead 11-8 in the eighth ending another great season for the LCM baseball.

Amid the realization that the season was over, LCM head baseball coach Steve Griffith looked as his team and simply said, “Lets go shake their hands.” His team followed him from the dug out to congratulate Barbers Hill.

LCM senior shortstop Shea Richards scored one run with three hits including a double.

Senior pitcher and first baseman Brandon Humphery was the starting pitcher for LCM. He was relieved in the fifth inning by Coby Roddy.

The 2013 baseball season in another one for the record books at LCM. The hard earned playoff berth in the tough Dist. 20-4A baseball schedule is a big accomplishment for any team. To advance to the Class 4A regional area round of the playoffs is something the 2013 Bears can always be proud of.

Griffith has seen just about everything over the 20 years he has been head coach at LC-M, but he lives by a philosophy that helps him to meet those expectations year in and year out.

He once told The Record:

“If you surround yourself with good people, then good things will happen to you,” he said. “And, that is exactly what we do. We surround ourselves with players that come to us and are dependable. I don’t care how talented someone is, if you have to talk them into playing then the chance that they will quit on you is ten-fold.”

There certainly were no quitters for the 2013 LCM Bears.