Deep in the hole. Bearcat shortstop Cody Harrel forces a Lavaca runner at second after running down a ground ball between second and third during Tuesday’s win over the Golden Arrows.
Rain was the biggest factor for the Bearcats last week.
After getting in a game in less than ideal conditions at Lavaca Tuesday and because they had won the regular season title, the Bearcats weren’t slated to play in the Conference 4A-4 tournament in Waldron until Saturday.
Thanks to a steady rain those games were pushed back to Monday with the finals set for Tuesday.
Bearcats 17 Lavaca 5
Having gotten all of their conference games, the Bearcats were able to tune up for the District 4A-4 tournament by pounding Lavaca, Conference 3A-4, giving them a 3-1 mark against that league.
Recording only nine hits, the Bearcats didn’t exactly tear the cover off the ball, although one of the hits was Brandon Wolski’s second home run of the year.
Instead the Bearcats took advantage of 10 Golden Arrow errors, eight on batted balls. Three Lavaca pitchers also combined to hit eight batters.
Jacob Krepps and Tyler Matthews also hit one apiece for the Bearcats. Krepps (1-0) got the win in his first start by going four innings and allowing six hits.
Krepps had a 4-0 lead before he threw his first pitch as the Bearcats scored on just two hits, one of them a bunt single on a sacrifice attempt. There was an error on that play and four in the inning as the Bearcats chased Levi Voss after one-third of an inning.
Krepps got into his own first inning trouble allowing two hits and walking two, but was able to get out of it with just one run scoring.
The Bearcats then scored six in the top of the second. Wolski started it with a one-out solo home run and Michael Drawbaugh singled home two before Krepps was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Wolski walked with the sacks full to force in runs.
Hayden Headley doubled home a run and Payton Morris singled home one in the Lavaca third before Krepps got a double play ball from Josh Brown and another ground ball out from Dustin Crossland to get out of it up 10-4.
Cody Harrel’s infield hit, a stolen base and an error got a run home in the fourth and Trevor Jones grounded out to score one, with a second scoring on a throwing error in the fifth to make it 13-4.
Cody Simpson singled home two, and Drawbaugh had his third RBI of the day in the sixth and another run scored on an error.
Lavaca managed one in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Tanner Graham.