MSC seeding up for grabs for Bat Pats

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By SCC Sports Information

One thing is certain. The St. Catharine College baseball team will be playing in the Mid-South Conference tournament in Kingsport, Tenn. starting April 25. As to what seeding the Bat Pats will garner – who knows?

“Right now we can end up anywhere from fourth to eighth place,” said SCC skipper Luther Bramblett. “There is still a lot to be determined from the upcoming weekend.”

St. Catharine will travel to Shawnee State (Ohio) this weekend for the final three-game series of the conference schedule. The Patriots  are currently in fifth place with a MSC mark of 9-9. Should they get a sweep of the Bears, coupled with a Lindsey Wilson sweep of Campbellsville, they could valut to fourth place in the standings, which would pit them against a fifth seed in the opening round of the conference tournament.

The Mid-South Conference tournament, held in Kingsport for the first time, will run from April 25 through April 28.

Last week’s games
The Bat Pats went 2-2 in games played last week. They topped the Union Bulldogs 7-4 at home Tuesday and dropped two of three conference games to visiting Cumberlands over the weekend.

Ryan Rizzi (5-2) was the winning pitcher in the nine-inning victory over Union. The senior right-hander allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work. Joel Cooper was 4-4 for the day and Carlos Hernandez and CJ Englestad had two hits apiece.

In the Cumberlands series, the visiting Patriots brought some strong pitching to Edelen- Haydon Field that resulted in shutouts, 9-0 and 6-0, sandwiched around a 13-10 St. Catharine win.

The Bat Pats managed just three hits in the series opener Friday against Cumberlands’ ace Kahana Neal (5-1). Eddie Rivera (6-2) took the loss as he gave up three runs in six innings. Cumberlands added six more runs, just two earned, off reliever Cody Alvey who pitched two innings.

The lone victory of the series came in Saturday’s opener when the Bat Pats took a 10-0 lead after two innings and held on for the 13-10 win. Cumberlands fought back to make the game close with the help of seven St. Catharine errors.

“We really didn’t play well all weekend,” added Bramblett.  “You will not win many games when you make seven errors.”

Joey Xavier was the offensive star for the Bat Pats. The senior from Selma, Calif. had a grand slam in the six-run first inning and added a two-run double in the second frame. Carlos Hernandez, Tyler Mischel, Adrian Garcia and Joey Andrada each had two hits.

Dylan Shoffner (6-2), a southpaw from Central Hardin High School, was the winning pitcher. Cumberlands got eight runs off Shoffner in 5.2 innings, but all were unearned. The freshman lefty had seven strikeouts. Matt Wagner picked up his fifth save of the season, allowing two runs, one earned, in 3.1 innings.

But the bats fell silent again in game two Saturday as Cumberlands’ blanked the Bat Pats 6-0. Mischel had two of St. Catharine’s six hits.

Before completing the regular season at Shawnee State this weekend, the Bat Pats were scheduled to travel to Owensboro yesterday for a twin bill against Brescia University after press time.


Full Mid-South Conference standings: http://www.mid-southconference.org/fullStandings/0/6.php