In Mid-South Conference baseball played Friday, the Patriots won the single nine-inning game 9-0. Unfortunately for Luther Bramblett’s team, it wasn’t his St. Catharine Patriots who came out on top but instead the visiting University of the Cumberlands Patriots.
“They beat us in every phase of the game,” said SC assistant Terry Davis. “They were better on the mound, they pitched better and had the hits when they needed them.”
St. Catharine had just three hits altogether against Cumberlands’ ace Kahana Neal (5-1). The tall right-hander allowed only three hits in tossing the shutout. He walked one batter and struck out seven. The Bat Pats did not get a runner as far as second base in the game.
Cumberlands (23-16, 9-10) got all the runs they needed in the second inning with a two-run, two- out single off starting pitcher Eddie Rivera. Rivera (6-2) allowed one more run in the sixth inning before giving way to reliever Cody Alvey. Cumberlands added six runs off Alvey, just two earned, in his two innings of work.
The loss dropped St. Catharine to 32-15 overall and 8-8 in the Mid-South Conference. That puts them in fifth place, just one and one-half games ahead of Cumberlands. It also puts added importance on the doubleheader the two teams play Saturday at Edelen-Haydon Field. A sweep, or even a split of the two games would allow St. Catharine to finish ahead of Cumberlands in the final standings. Cumberlands finishes its conference schedule on Saturday while the Bat Pats conclude their conference games next week at Shawnee State.
Saturday’s twin bill starts at noon. Between games the St. Catharine seniors will be honored as they play their final home game in a Patriot uniform.