The sophomore baseball team lost to Travis, 10-3, on the afternoon of April 20 when the Cougars had a number of baserunners, but none earned their way on base with a hit. A total of 13 Cougs reached first, with nine walks, three errors and one hit-by-pitch, but zero base knocks.
The Tigers jumped out to a lead that they would never relinquish in the top of the first off Cougar hurler Brandon Phegley (video, below). Two base hits, two walks, and an error by the shortstop gave Travis three runs without a hard-hit ball in play. The top of the second inning went similarly as Travis got three singles – one to Jacob Hodges at second and two that found the hole between shortstop and third – along with a series of stolen bases and an error by Kempner’s leftfielder to boost the Tigers’ lead to 8-0 before Kempner got their second at-bat.
The first five Cougar hitters to start the game all went down in order before Luke Geach got the Coogs on the basepaths with a two-out walk in the second. Phegley and Juan Herrera followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases. But the Travis pitcher retired Jace Curnan to end the inning, leaving the maximum on base. Kempner utilized a similar recipe in the third inning, loading the bases as Michael Davey reached on error followed by walks to Ross Reichardt and Max Lopez once again put Cougars on every base, but Geach flew out to left to end the threat.
The highlight of the night defensively was the two scoreless innings tossed by Lopez (video, below), who only allowed two baserunners – both on walks. On offense, Davey and Phegley were the only two starters to reach base more than once, while Sean Torres also reached twice as a sub in the later innings.
The team concludes their season on Friday, when they travel to Frankie Field to face the Clements Rangers.