The umpire’s usually small strike zone in the Melbourne Bearkatz opening round of the 2A Central region baseball tournament, made for a three hour long slugfest between the Katz and the St. Joseph Bulldogs.
The four seeded Bulldogs upset the one seeded Bearkatz and ended their season earlier than expected 15-12 Thursday night.
The Dogs started the game with by scoring with a bases loaded hit by pitch. The damage got under control when the next two batters were retired in a row.
The Katz took the lead back quickly. Ethan Seay reached base with a leadoff walk. Trey Wren followed in his steps. Remington Lawrence roped a single to load up the bases.
Ty Cooper sent a double into left field and Gus Cooper, Seay’s pinch runner, and Wren both scored. Ty Miller traded places with Cooper with his own double. Jaxon Sanders hit a sac fly that brought Miller home to score and make it 5-1 Katz.
The Bulldogs pulled within one of the Bearkatz after a three run homerun in the top of the second.
The Bearkatz did not score again until the bottom of the fourth. By then they trailed 9-5. Wren drew a walk and Remington Lawrence singled to get on base. They both advanced on a passed ball.
Cooper loaded up a three run bomb that hit off the baseball and softball practice facility in deep left field. This homer brought the Bearkatz lead back down to one.
The Bulldogs drew five walks in their half of the fifth and added four more runs.
Both teams went quit from the plate for a couple of innings until the Dogs scored three runs in the top of the seventh.
St. Joseph led 15-8 headed into the bottom of the seventh.
Cooper kick started the inning with a leadoff single. Miller then smacked a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. Cooper came home on a one out balk. Adam Hoskinds reached base on a two out error and Miller scored. Wren blooped a single that brought pinch runner Morgan Edwards home to score.
But that was all the scare the Bearkatz gave the Bulldogs.
It was a day for upsets as the Bigelow Panthers upset the two seeded Tuckerman Bulldogs 3-1 earlier in the day.