Two out run scoring singles by Sean Bergeron and Jonathan Riffle backed the two hit complete game pitching performance of Nathan Gabryszwski as the Crosby Cougars edged the Nederland Bulldogs 2-0 on Friday night at Rice University. The win gave Crosby a one game to none lead in the best of three Area round series.
Crosby, who threatened in the first but failed to score got to Nederland starter Jace Bordelon in the third. A one out walk, a balk and an infield single by Hunter Hearn set the stage for Bergeron’s two hit.
Designated hitter Alec Lewis stroked Bordelon’s first pitch of the fourth into left field to get things started for Crosby in the fourth. A sacrifice bunt and an infield single by Richard Martinez gave the Cougars runners at the corners. Bordelon picked off Tristan Meinen to set the stage for Riffle’s two out hit. The Crosby third baseman blooped a 21-2 pitch into short centerfield scoring Lewis with the second run of the night.
“Tonight we got the timely hits,” said Crosby head coach Chris Wiggins following the game. “We swung the sticks well, play excellent defense and turned in an all-around good game.”
Gabryszwski got the ball in game one and kept the Bulldogs in checkthrowing just 80 pitches on a breezy Friday night under overcast skies at Reckling Park on the campus of Rice University. The Cougars junior right-hander allowed a single to Nederland’s Braden Nevala in the third. He was erased on a caught stealing throw from catcher Sean Bergeron to shortstop Hunter Hearn. Chase Kemp reached Gabryszwski for a two out single in the seventh. Kemp was also Nederland’s only runner to reach second when he drew a lead-off walk in the fifth, one of only two free passes given by the Crosby hurler.
“Nathan was extremely efficient tonight,” continued Wiggins. “He threw strikes and he let his defense do their job. It was great to get the game one win.”
The Cougars also lost two runners at the plate. In the fifth, centerfielder Mario Sequera was caught trying to score from second on a passed ball. In the sixth, a perfect throw from Nederland’s Colby Price gunned out Crosby’s Alec Lewis.
‘I would send him everytime on a play like that,” cpncluded Wiggins. “Alec is our fastest runner and only a perfect throw was going to get him and it did. It was just a great play by their center fielder.”
Crosby will try to extend its winning streak to seven and keep their state title hopes alive when they go for the series sweep in game two at noon on Saturday. The if needed game three will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.
Written by: Lou Roesch