Baseball Bears Have Strong Showing In St. Charles Catholic Tournament
Many questions were answered this weekend on coach Brad Bass’ checklist for his Catholic High baseball team. Bear pitchers competed and threw strikes, young and/or inexperienced players elevated their game and the offense stepped up against solid competition in the St. Charles Catholic tournament.
The Bears opened Thursday night with a 6-3 victory over 5A Mandeville. Grant Segar tossed six innings and struck out eight, and Cameron Dartez led the offense with two hits in the win over the Skippers.
On Friday evening, the Bears dispatched state Division II power and tourney host St. Charles Catholic. The Bears blew open a 5-2 lead with four runs in the sixth and held on for the 9-2 win. Brady Hebert led the way at the plate with three hits and was followed by Dartez, Segar, Trey Gagliano and Zach Ordeneaux with two hits apiece. Austin Andrishok scattered five hits in his six innings of work on the hill.
The alarm clock sounded early for the Bears on Saturday morning and they responded with a 9-3 win in the 8:30 a.m. game versus Albany. CHS collected 10 hits and used starter Mason Maurer’s solid five innings and Luke Evans’ relief work to nail down the Hornets’ bats.
Following the Albany win, the Bears clashed with nationally ranked and defending Division I state champ John Curtis. The Bears scored four in the first and tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth inning on their way to defeating the Patriots 7-3. Segar and Dartez each had two hits and Hebert drove in three runs for CHS. The Bears received solid mound work from Hebert (2 innings), Brock Perry (2 innings) and Luke McGibboney (3 innings) that limited the JC bats to just four hits.
Next up for the Bears will be crosstown rival St. Michael on Tuesday, Feb. 27. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Grizzly Field. The Warriors enter the game 1-4 overall and have won the last two outings against Catholic High in the series.