Baseball Bears Advance To Semifinals In The Division I State Tournament
The baseball Bears entered the Division I quarterfinals after a 13-day layoff due to the new, convoluted rules involving the select playoff system. The Bears hosted St. Paul’s and needed three games to defeat the St. Paul’s Wolves in the bets two-of-three series.
In game one, the Bears needed eleven innings of work to finally dispose of the Wolves, 5-4. Cole Johnson’s walkoff walk was the deciding factor in the extra inning game. Brady Hebert threw 4.1 innings of relief to get the win.
In game two, St. Paul’s scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to draw ahead 5-4. The Bears could not score in the top of the seventh and a third game was needed.
In the rubber match, the Wolves darted out to a 4-0 lead after two turns at bat that made Bears’ fans uneasy. The Bears let their supporters know that a win was never in doubt, piling on eight runs in its next three turns at the plate and holding on for a 8-5 victory. Austin Andrishok was credited with the win and Landon Boeneke picked up the save.
With the series win, the 28-8 Bears advance in the select semifinals in the Division I state tournament in Sulphur. No. 2 CHS will meet No. 3 Holy Cross of New Orleans on Thursday at 7 p.m. at McMurry Park. The Bears are in the state semifinals for the third consecutive year under coach Brad Bass.