"Sulphur Bound" is the rallying cry for the CHS baseball team and its fans as the travel to Sulphur tonight for the Division I semifinal match-up with the Holy Cross Tigers of New Orleans. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. Junior Brady Hebert (5-0, 2.53 ERA) is on the mound for the Bears (28-8). Loyola University signee Brenden Taravella, gets the start for the Tigers (24-11). Taravella, Trace Messina and Cole Nalesnik of Holy Cross are future teammates at Loyola with Bears Payton Alexander and Patrick Crifasi. Others Bears who will be playing at the next level are Cole Johnson at LSU-Eunice, Parker Evans at Delgado and Will Ethridge at Nicholls State.
Offensive leaders for the Bears:
Batting Average - Will Ethridge .369; Bryan Bergeron .359; Brennan Lambert .357
RBI - Brennan Lambert 30; Payton Alexander 25; Cole Johnson 20
Home Runs - Parker Evans 4; Payton Alexander 3; Cole Johnson 2; Brennan Lambert 2
Runs - Patrick Crifasi 26; Will Ethridge 25; Cole Johnson 22
Stolen Bases - Will Ethridge 14; Cole Johnson 14; Tyler Suire 13
Jordan Werner is the feel good story of the year for the Bears on offense. After starting the season in a slump, Werner hit well over .500 in district and currently has a .344 batting average.
On the pitching side, the Bears have eight hurlers that have logged double digit innings on the mound. Brady Hebert, Grant Segar, Austin Andrishok, Brock Perry, Landon Boeneke, Nathan Bell, Max Wagner and Parker Evans. Andrishok (6), Hebert (5), and Segar (4) are the team leaders in wins. In the save department, Nathan Bell leads the category with four saves. Grant Segar and Brock Perry each have two.
The ERA leader for the Bears is Landon Boeneke with a 1.37 mark in 15.1 innings. Brock Perry is next at 2.10 and Grant Segar checks in with a 2.44 ERA. Seniors Sam Prescott and twins Brandon and Michael Avery also check in on the pitching staff roster along with junior Mason Maurer.
A victory on Thursday night would pit the Bears against the winner of #1 John Curtis and #4 Archbishop Rummel. Both teams hail from the Catholic League in New Orleans. The Division I championship game gets underway at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, on Field 41 at McMurry Park.
Photo by Bobby Brummel