Evans’ 6 RBIs spark FBCA to district-opening 13-3 win
LEAGUE CITY - It’s been a pretty rough 2018-2019 school year for the boys athletic department at Pasadena-First Baptist Christian Academy.
With football struggling big-time in district and basketball going winless in district play, was baseball, arguably the school’s strongest program, headed for the same fate?
With two freshmen not only making their debut this season but also starting at key positions in the infield, fans could be excused for fearing the worst.
Well, it’s just one district game, but don’t look now but the win-starved FBCA boys athletic department has a team tied for first place and Lord knows it must feel good.
Sophomore Brayden Evans delivered an outstanding game, driving in a career-high six RBIs to go with collecting the win on the mound as FBCA defeated Logos Preparatory Academy 13-3 at Bay Area Christian’s diamond Friday.
Like so many other high school games this week, the contest was moved to Bay Area Christian due to the week-long drama and fire at the petrochemical tank farm just north of Deer Park.
“I’ve never been this unprepared for district. We may be right back here on Tuesday against Bay Area. We’ve just got to hang on until we get Jake (Sweeney) back,” longtime Warriors coach David Turner said.
Sweeney, one of FBCA’s heroes last spring who guided the Warriors to the TAPPS Division IV state championship game, has been hampered by shoulder soreness so far this year.
Evans overcame a shaky first inning when the Sugar Land school scored all three of their runs. But he allowed just one hit, a single. The rest was due to two walks, an error at shortstop, a passed ball and a double steal that made it 3-0.
But the Pearland Little League product settled down after that. The lefthander retired nine of the last 11 batters he faced. He didn’t allow another Logos Prep batter to reach scoring position.
“Brayden hadn’t pitched since March 8th. He’s going to struggle throwing strikes. But he’s only going to get better and better,” Turner said.
Offensively, Evans’ day was highlighted by a three-run homer in the sixth. Scoring Jay Sauceda and Jake Sweeney front of him, the home run was in a word, impressive.
Not so much because the ball traveled some 330 feet over the left-center field fence, but because Evans got all of a pitch that was below his knees and he hit it with almost the end of the bat.
FBCA completely chewed up the early 3-0 deficit with a six-run second inning and Evans greeted Logos Prep’s new man on the hill with a two-RBI single to right field for his opening two RBIs and a 4-3 Warriors lead.
Three walks and a hit batter reduced the deficit to 3-2, before Evans made his plate appearance. Evans’ third RBI came in the fourth on a sacrifice fly that scored Sweeney, making it 8-3.
Also enjoying a lucrative day at the plate was Jesse Perry, who finished with four RBIs. He capped off the six-run second with a bases-loaded double over the left fielder’s head. He and Josh Towe later brought the mercy rule into effect with run-scoring singles.
Speaking of Towe, he mopped up in the fifth and sixth innings on the mound. His highlight was picking off back-to-back runners at first base, wiping out a Lion who reached on an error and the next guy who reached with a single.
“We did what we’re supposed to do but we were a little rusty doing it,” Turner said. “I thought we took some third strikes there on the corner.”