The sophomore baseball team played three games in a four-day stretch over the weekend of April 5-8 and earned every possible result, as Ridge Point blanked them 10-0 on Friday, then came away with a 6-6 tie against Fulshear before run-ruling Bush on Monday, 13-0.
The Cougs couldn’t muster much offense in Friday’s game against the Panthers, managing just three singles – the first coming in the fourth inning – and only two runners reaching scoring position. Colton Green, Jace Curnan and Nathan Jacobson tallied the three base hits. Kevin Gutierrez took the loss on the mound, scattering five hits over three-plus innings, but several untimely miscues by the Kempner defense hampered his efforts.
Saturday morning’s tussle was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams picking up a single run in the first inning but missing out on opportunities to post a crooked number to the scoreboard – leaving multiple runners on base when each frame concluded. The Chargers tacked on three more runs in the top of the second, but a nifty play at the plate by the Cougar defense saved an additional run, then they sliced their deficit to two when Max Lopez, Jacob Hodges, and Ross Reichardt hit back-to-back-to-back singles and Lopez crossed the plate when Green took one for the team.
A quick top of the third – where Green faced just one over the minimum – brought the hot Cougar bats back to the plate. Brandon Phegley started things off with a leadoff double, and was followed by Curnan with a single and Jacobson with a base-on-balls before a Gutierrez single and Michael Davey’s pinch-hit double cleared the bases and put the Cougs up, 5-4.
The Chargers quickly regained the upper hand with a two-spot in their half of the fourth before the teams traded zeros in the bottom of the fourth and the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the final inning, Davey single to start the inning and eventually scored the tying run on a groundout to short by Green in a ballgame called due to time constraints.
The bats stayed hot on Monday, putting up four quick runs after Brandon Phegley wasted little time sitting down the Broncos top three hitters to open the game. Lopez started the offense with a solid single back through the box (video, above) and the Cougs were off and running. Three walks, an error, a hit-batsman – plus several Bronco wild pitches – and Kempner had a four run lead.
Phegley K’ed the next six batters – part of a stretch where he struck out seven in a row – to keep Bush off the board, while Kempner doubled their lead in the fourth behind a leadoff triple by Luke Geach and RBI singles by Phegley and Gutierrez – and the rout was on.
Bush got their only baserunner with two outs in the fourth on a solid single down the third-base line, but only after a sparkling, gold-star defensive play by shortstop Geach, who ranged far behind second base to snare a grounder ticketed for centerfield and then threw out the Bronco runner by a half-step at first (video, below). Kempner added five more runs in their half of the fourth, highlighted by a two-run single by Jacobson.
Christian Tapia relieved Phegley on the mound in the fifth, allowing a two-out walk before getting a strikeout and ending the game by run rule.
The Cougs will travel to Missouri City to tangle with the Elkins Knights on April 12 before returning home to face Dulles on April 15. Both games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.