Baseball Team Begins Playoff Action With a Win Over East Ascension
When the Class 5A baseball playoff pairings were released on Sunday, the Bears drew a familiar foe in East Ascension for their bi-district playoff game. The 5-5A members faced each other twice in district with CHS prevailing 8-1 and 10-0. The Spartans were hoping that the third time would be a charm and come away with a victory to advance to the regional round of the playoffs. The Bears had other ideas and moved to round two with a 8-1 decision over EA.
The Spartans opened the game with a walk and sacrifice bunt moving the leadoff hitter to first base. EA would not score in the first and the Bears picked up two in the bottom of the inning. Cole Johnson led off with a walk and Brandon Fairbanks bunted Johnson to second. Unlike their opponents, the Bears found a way to score two runs – on a wild pitch and a fielding error to go up 2-0 early.
The Bears tacked on three runs in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch and a two run double by Brennan Lambert to make it 5-0. In the fourth, Cole Johnson scored on Tristan Welch’s sacrifice fly to go up 6-0. The final two runs came in the bottom of the sixth on a Connor Bowen rbi single and a bases loaded walk to Patrick Crifasi.
The Spartans scored their lone run in the top of the last when the game had already been decided.
The loss sent East Ascension home and their season is finished at 14-15. The Spartans committed three errors and struck out thirteen times at the plate versus the Bears.
Brian Fairbanks picked up the win on Tuesday night, throwing 89 pitches in his five inning effort. The senior struck out 10 and gave up only one hit. Fellow senior Brady Sartain tossed two innings in relief, striking out three and surrendering an unearned run. Fairbanks is now 6-2 on the season.
Moving onto the second round, coach Brad Bass commented, “We are glad to advance to the second round of the playoffs after facing an opponent for the third time this season. Getting out of the gate early in a ‘one and done’ first round was pivotal for us. We now get the 13th seed, Hahnville, at home for a best two of three series. We must do a better job swinging the bat with runners on base, we left twelve men on versus EA. We’ll work on that in preparation for the weekend series.”
The Bears will likely play game one of the best of three series on Friday, April 29, with game two on Saturday afternoon. Game three would follow game two, IF NEEDED.