Head baseball coach Brad Bass said it best when he addressed his team after Saturday's game, "The relationships that we have built here and the family that we have formed defines who we are, not the outcome of one game." So true.
The Bears lost 5-0 in the Division I state championship game on Saturday afternoon to John Curtis at McMurry Park in Sulphur. The state runners-up were no hit at the plate by the John Curtis pitcher despite battling and competing in every pitch of each at-bat. CHS starter Austin Andrishok took his "A game" to the mound, going six innings and giving up just two earned runs. The junior lefty struck out seven Patriot hitters and yielded just four hits to the opponent. "I thought Austin competed his tail off for us on the mound," said Bass. "He pitched with confidence and struck out seven against possibly the best offensive team in the state. He gave up just four hits in six innings. Gutty performance."
The Bears say goodbye to eleven seniors, five that will move onto college baseball. "I will miss those guys dearly," said Bass. "Those seniors have been tremendous in their leadership and continuing the tradition of Catholic High baseball. It has been heart-warming to see their formation as they grow into men. I wish them good luck in the future and they know the coaches and their teammates can always be counted on for anything they need."
The Bears finished the 2017 season with a 29-9 record and made its third consecutive trip to the state tournament in Sulphur. It was the second time in three seasons that the Bears played for a state championship at the highest level in Louisiana high school baseball. The Bears defeated 5A champion Central, Division II champion Teurlings Catholic, and a host of district champions and state quarterfinalists and semifinalists on their path to Sulphur.
Despite losing 11 seniors, the cupboard will not be bare for CHS on the diamond. Pitchers Austin Andrishok, Landon Boeneke, Nathan Bell, Brady Hebert, Mason Maurer, Brock Perry and Grant Segar all return in 2018. The junior six pack combined to pick up 23 wins on the mound of their team's 29 wins this season. They also combined for 11 saves on their team's run to the Division I finals.
Position players returning that received significant time are: Bryan Bergeron, Brady Hebert, Brennan Lambert, Grant Segar and Jordan Werner. Expect the staff and Bass to work on the development of new starters over the summer and in the off-season leading up to 2018.
Great year Bears!