Brook Hill Guard 11, Grace Community Cougars 6, FINAL
BH: 0 0 2 8 0 1 0 - 11
GC: 0 0 2 0 1 3 0 - 6
Marching back into District action on the diamond last week was the Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team, as the team loaded the bus and traveled to battle against the Grace Community Cougars Monday, March 26, at Grace Community High School.
After a scoreless two innings to begin the contest, the bats for both Brook Hill and Grace Community came alive in the third frame, as the Guard and the Cougars lit up the scoreboard for a total of two runs.
Brook Hill launched an all-out attack with every weapon available in their arsenal during their turn at bat in the top of the fourth inning, swinging for a total of eight runs and allowing the Guard to take a large 10-2 advantage over the Cougars.
The home team Cougars attempted to scratch and claw their way back into contention, as the team plated one run in the bottom of the fifth, as well as three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
However, thanks to the already sizable lead and an additional run in their share of the sixth inning, Brook Hill was able to claim the district win over Grace Community, 11-6.
In the contest, Brook Hill was able to hold a slim advantage at the plate, collecting a total of nine hits, compared to the eight hits swung for by Grace Community. The Guard was charged with just one fielding error, while the Cougars committed at total of six errors in the field.
The Guard’s attack at the plate against the Cougars was led by Connor Carson, who contributed a 2-3 performance with a total of three runs batted in.
Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against Grace Community included Seth Moss, going 1-4 with two RBIs; Tyler Overbeek, going 1-4 with two RBIs; Miguel Vega, going 1-1 with one RBI; Greyson Priestner, going 0-4 with one RBI; Jake Shaffer, going 2-3 with a stolen base; Campbell Fletcher, going 1-4, including a double; and Carson Richards, going 1-4.
Vega was credited with the win on the mound for Brook Hill, allowing six hits, six runs, and five earned runs, while striking out six and walking five, in 5.1 innings of work.
The Guard coaching staff elected a duo of relief pitchers in the contest against the Cougars, including Carson and Josh Jenkins.
Carson allowed two hits and no runs, while striking out one, in a brief 0.2 inning appearance, while Jenkins allowed no hits and no runs, while striking out one and walking one, in one inning of pitching.
Brook Hill Guard 0, Grace Community Cougars 7, FINAL
GC: 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 - 7
BH: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
For the second district contest of the week, the only change was the venue, as the Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team returned home to the friendly confines of Herrington Field for a district battle against the Grace Community Cougars Thursday, March 29.
After a stalemate in the first two innings to begin the affair, the visiting Cougars scratched and clawed their way onto the scoreboard, as two runners raced around the base path and crossed home plate.
Grace Community was able to break out the heavy bats in the top of the fourth inning, powering their way to a total of five runs. The Cougars’ efforts in the field stymied the Guard batters throughout the contest, allowing Grace Community to claim the district win over Brook Hill in a shutout, 7-0.
In the contest, Grace Community was able to hold the advantage in batting, collecting a total of six hits, compared to Brook Hill’s four hits. The visiting Cougars committed one fielding error in the ballgame, while the home team Guard was tagged with a total of five errors.
Leading the Guard’s efforts was Josh Jenkins, going 1-2 from the plate with one stolen base against the Cougars.
Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against Grace Community included Priestner, going 1-2; Moss, going 1-3, including a double; and Shaffer, going 1-3.
Overbeek was recognized as the losing pitcher in the Guard’s contest against the Cougars, allowing four hits, seven runs, and three earned runs, while striking out three and walking four, in 3.1 innings of work.
Mason Kelley was the starting pitcher in the contest for Brook Hill, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out three, in 3.2 innings against Grace Community.
With a record of 1-1 last week, the Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team currently stands with an overall record of 8-6, 1-2 in district play, on the 2018 season.
Next week: Tuesday, April 3 – Brook Hill at Bishop Gorman; Thursday, April 5 – Bishop Gorman at Brook Hill; Saturday, April 7 – Brook Hill at Rains.