Baseball Bears Close-Out Successful Season
The Catholic baseball team advanced to the 5A State Tournament in Sulphur for the second consecutive year. The Bears faced a familiar foe in Barbe, a regular season opponent and a team that coach Brad Bass’ program has seen in four of his five post-seasons at Catholic High.
Sophomore Brady Hebert went toe to toe with Barbe ace Adam Goree for eight innings and both hurlers left with the game tied 1-1. Hebert scattered five hits while walking just two Buccaneer hitters in his stint on the mound. The right-hander struck out two after allowing his only run in the first inning. The Bears tied the game in the third inning on singles by Will Ethridge and Patrick Crifasi, the team’s only hits of the contest. In the ninth inning, Barbe scored with two outs and advanced to the finals in walk-off win fashion.
After the game Brad Bass shared his thoughts about his team and their outstanding season. “I am tremendously proud of my guys. We started off the season 5-4 and could have sulked and felt sorry for ourselves. Our seniors showed great leadership and we won 26 times in 29 games. Our goal was to win a state title and we came up a play short. We are a championship team even though we may not have a trophy to show it. I love my guys and will miss the brotherhood that we shared over the last four years.”