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Clear Brook uses uprising in fourth to edge Clear Falls 2-1

March 20, 2019

FRIENDSWOOD - If you’re only going to get four hits in a baseball game, you had better bunch them together in order to make them worthwhile.

Tuesday night, Clear Brook High School’s varsity baseball team bunched 75 percent of a four-hit production from the lineup and it was the difference maker.

Back-to-back fourth-inning doubles by Anthony Benavides and Sebastian Pichardo plus a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Travis Watson keyed the Wolverines to a 2-1 District 24-6A win over Clear Falls.

With Clear Brook freshman pitcher Cody Myers, a lefthander, collecting the win on the hill after working the opening four innings, his efforts were complimented by sophomore hurler Carson Wagner and Pichardo, who nailed down the game’s final out.

“Our formula has been with him, Carson Wagner, another sophomore, and then with Sebastian Pichardo coming in and closing games. If we can stay with that, I won’t complain,” Clear Brook head coach Gene Flores said.

Myers’ stint was highlighted by the youngster combining to strand four baserunners in the second and third frames. In the third, Falls stranded two in scoring position when Myers struck out the clean-up hitter.

“He’s a pretty crafty lefthander. We got some good innings under his belt. He’s getting tougher and tougher every start. Pitching in tournaments is way different than district, but the stronger he gets throughout the season, the better we get,” Flores said.

The trio combined for a three-hitter, all singles and Falls’ one run was unearned. But the best part to Clear Brook’s pitching was the fact the Wolverine arms forced Clear Falls to go 0-4 with runners in scoring position.

The game ended with Falls stranding Corey Lanier, the potential tying run on second base.

Clear Falls certainly had the green light going on the basepaths, going 7-for-7 in the stolen base department.

But the defense behind the three Clear Brook pitchers was superb. The Knights batters, who only struck out five times, put the ball in play. Myers was helped by a 6-4-3 twinkilling in the first, erasing one of the team’s three singles, and a terrific catch by center fielder Anthony Benavides to start the fourth.

“He’s come a long way defensively as well as offensively. If he misses that ball, it’s easily a double or triple and we’d still be playing,” Flores said.

As for that fourth-inning uprising, the Wolverines all of a sudden found starting and losing pitcher Michael McCrory’s pitches quite tasty.

Benavides deposited a ball a foot fair down the right-field line and Pichardo jumped on the first offering from McCrory and doubled home Benavides.

Jacob Martinez singled Pichardo over to third for the third straight hit and Watson knocked in what proved to be the winning run with his fly to center field.

It was the Wolverines’ only time to make noise. In six of the seven innings, no more than four batters went to the plate.

ravery@hcnonline.com