Ridge Point rallies past Cy-Fair in game three
Ridge Point and Cy-Fair exchanged one-sided victories to start their Region III-6A quarterfinal baseball series at Mayde Creek High School.
A good matchup deserved one tight game. Fittingly, it came in game three.
Cy-Fair loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but Mitch Cashion got a fly ball to winning pitcher Tanner Bond in right field for the final out. The Panthers won 5-4 to advance to their second regional semifinal in three years.
“(The Panthers) obviously showed some resilience and some battle,” Ridge Point coach Clinton Welch said. “But so did they. Cy-Fair is one of those programs that nobody wants to play because they’re scrappy, they play hard, they don’t give up, so it’s always tough. They’re a great, well-coached team. It’s a shame either team had to lose.”
Cy-Fair (26-12) took the opener 9-6 on the strength of a seven-run first inning. The Bobcats led by seven entering the seventh.
Ridge Point (28-4-1) answered 9-0 behind Hayde Key’s 12-strikeout, one-hit shutout in game two.
The Panthers led game three 2-0 but were down 4-2 with two outs in the sixth after a brilliant defensive play by Cy-Fair shortstop Peyton Chatagnier. But Justin Vossos singled and Jacob Garcia was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Austin Bradbury.
The senior laced a two-run triple just inside the right-field line to tie the game, giving the Panthers the hit they needed.
Welch complimented the opposite-field approach of Bradbury, who said he was looking outside.
“I knew when I was in there I wanted a fastball low and away,” Bradbury said. “They shifted, so I wanted to put it down the line. I got the pitch to do it, I did it and it was great to get some momentum started for the team.”
Bond provided the go-ahead swing, dropping a change-up into left field for a 5-4 lead. It was the highlight of an eventful stretch for the senior, who allowed a run on an error in part due to frustration with a pitch called a ball in the fifth.
But he recovered to end the inning, work out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and record the first two outs of the seventh.
Ridge Point took advantage of errors in the second, with Cy-Fair misplaying two bunts. Will Pendergrass’ leadoff single eventually led to a 1-0 lead.
Gabe Colaianni singled home Bond in the third for a 2-0 lead, but Rhett McCaffety escaped further trouble, retiring the next three hitters with the bases loaded.
The Bobcats answered in the fourth, with Mitchell Andrews singling home Tyler McCloskey and Jack Burgoyne coming up with a two-out, two-run double for a 3-2 lead.
Andrews singled again in the seventh, with Kyle Reece adding a walk. Ridge Point brought in Key, who had only enough left in his pitch limit for one batter. Alec Aranda reached on an infield single to load the bases.
Burgoyne made solid contact against Cashion, but Bond drifted back and made the catch to end the series. After a disastrous start to game one, the Panthers played more like the team that has set the school record for victories in a season.
“Our defense, we started out slow at the beginning,” Bond said. “Our bats started out slow, but we picked it up both games at the end. We just had to get everybody together.”
Ridge Point faces Atascocita in the regional semifinals. The Eagles swept Clear Springs 10-0 and 9-8. The winner plays Lamar or Kingwood for the regional championship.
Fulshear escapes elimination, extends historic run
The Fulshear baseball team was down to the final out of its first postseason in game two against Bellville. But an error scored the tying run in the top of the seventh, and the Chargers (27-4-1) erupted for five runs in the eighth for an 8-3 victory.
They trailed twice again in game three, but gained an 8-4 triumph to advance to their first regional semifinal against La Vernia.
Josh Hayes pitched two scoreless innings for the win in relief in game two, adding two RBIs. Dylan Theut provided a quality start with 10 strikeouts in six innings, also walking four times and scoring twice.
Jacob Shamban was 4 for 5 with two RBIs, while Connor Hodges scored twice and Chris Duncan drove in two.
Fulshear outhit Bellville 14-4 in the finale, led by three-hit games from Luke Cantu, Wyatt Radcliff and Hodges. Shamban added two doubles and two RBIs.
Travis Long allowed four hits and four unearned runs in 5 1/3 innings, while Hayes recorded the save to send the Chargers to the state sweet sixteen.