Baseball Team Goes 1-1 in first Weekend of Brian Hess Classic
The 1-0 Bears opened the Brian Hess Classic at Grizzly Field with a split on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Bears dropped the first game, 12-11, to Live Oak but defeated Assumption in the night cap,11-1.
Things looked promising for the Bears as the home team built an 11-4 lead over Live Oak by the fifth inning. However, the Eagles rallied back behind the strength of two home runs, one being a grand slam, late to inch ahead 12-11.
Catholic was led at the plate by senior Tristan Welch and junior Peyton Alexander, each collecting two hits apiece. Senior Brady Sartain tossed four innings in his first career start and exited with a 8-4 lead that evaporated after his exit.
Coach Brad Bass rallied the troops after the Live Oak game and his forces responded, building a 6-0 lead after three innings, en route to a 11-1 run rule victory. The Bears received offensive firepower from Josh Smith as the shortstop belted two home runs. The senior now has three home runs on the 2016 season. Junior Parker Evans picked up the win on the mound in his first career start for the Bears.
“It was good to see us respond after the Live Oak game and put up a bunch of runs and pitched well against Assumption,” said Bass. “We took the loss and learned from it. Now we need to turn back around to face one of the best teams in any classification in Ouachita Christian. They have a LSU signee and a few other players signed with Division I programs.”
The Bears take their 2-1 record into weekend action, Feb. 26 and 27, against Ouachita Christian (7 p.m. on Friday) and Walker (2 p.m. on Saturday) to wrap up the Brian Hess Classic. Both games will be played at Grizzly Field.