VYPE U: Embrace The Storm
This past Friday the Bridgeland Bears closed a two-game series against the Cy Falls Eagles with a 4-3 win, reigning supreme in 16-6A Region II. Going into the game the Bears were hot off of a 3-1 win where they continued to show their powerhouse status as they clicked on both offense and defense.
On defense, TCU commit Murphy Brooks threw for five innings with seven strikeouts and only allowed three hits. The offensive side matched the same energy the defense gave as Mississippi State commit Ryan Williams went 2-2 with a double and a walk, Hill College signee Tripp Cromer went 1-2 with an RBI triple.
Game two was a different story. The Bears started off strong as pitcher Justin Kim threw only five pitches in the first inning and continued to throw a strong game until the third inning where an infield error allowed the runner from third to be brought in putting the Eagles up 1-0. The Eagles put up a battle on the defensive end keeping the Bears scoreless until the fourth inning when North Central Texas signee Josh Phillips hit a solo home-run to right field to tie it up. The Bears remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh where they went on a much-needed rally after being down 3-1. The rally began with a single from pinch hitter, Nico Fernandez. The momentum swayed in the Bears' favor as the Eagles put in Closer Allen Bocanegra to relieve Starting pitcher Elian Balmaceda. A&M commit Conner Weigman took advantage of this and hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring the runner in from third and Mississippi State commit Ryan Williams also hit a sacrifice fly to bring another runner in to tie the game. Bocanegra continued to walk another runner and with two outs left, a runner on third a wild pitch brought in Freshman pinch runner Miles Syptak to walk it off. After the game Head Coach, Paul Orlando reflected on the wild but well-deserved district championship for the Bears.
"It feels great, I am proud of the kids, I am proud of the way they battled all year. Things do not go your way sometimes, you can't control the weather and how ironic is this. In the fall on the back of shirts, the motto was "Embrace the Storm", to be honest, there wasn't a more fitting end to this than a district championship with the storms all around us," Coach Orlando said.
With the regular season all wrapped up the Bears prepare to take on the Klein Cain Hurricanes in a three-game series in round one of the Bi-District Playoffs beginning on May 7 at 7:00 PM at Cy Woods.