St. Catharine baseball hosted Bellarmine University Saturday for a fall scrimmage. Pitching and defense highlighted the day for both squads as they tied 2-2 in the first game and the Bat Pats won 2-1 in the second game.
In the first game, the Knights led 2-0 after five and a half innings. The Patriots scored 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knot the game 2-2. In that frame, Joey Xavier (Selma, CA) started the inning with a single. Lamont Calloway (Louisville, KY) pinch ran for Xavier and reached second on an error off the bat of Matt Foster (Stone Mountian, GA). Both Calloway and Foster stole third and second base, setting up a sac fly by Andrew Garcia (Las Vegas, NV), plating Calloway for the first Patriot run. Luis Zeledon (West Corina, CA) tripled to plate Foster for the tying run.
Garcia went 1-2 with a double and RBI. Zeledon tripled and added an RBI. Xavier went 1-2 with 2 walks. Joey Andrada (Visalia, CA) went 1-2 and RaShawn White (Louisville, KY) had a pinch hit single in the bottom of the seventh to give the Pats a chance to win the game. Juan Moriel (San Diego, CA) was on base 3 time via walk or HBP and added a sac bunt.
Six Patriot arms took the bump. Combined, they allowed 6 singles and just 3 walks. They punched out 5 Knights and gave up 1 earned run.
Game two saw much of the same, as both squads struggled at the plate. Bellarmine once again took the lead in the 4th inning on their only extra base hit on the day, a double to left center field. The Patriots found their way onto the board in the bottom of the fifth inning when Matt Dillman (LaGrange, KY) led off the inning with a single. Zach Harmon (Richmond, KY), running for Dillman, moved to second on a sac bunt by Charlie Pal (Deerfield Beach, FL). Moriel reached base on his third hit by pitch of the day and Jeremy Turpin (Lawrenceburg, KY) loaded the bases reaching on a Knight error. Xavier plated Harmon on a sac fly and Moriel stole third, setting up a first and third situation. Moriel stole home when Turpin was caught in a run down for the deciding run.
The Patriots used 5 arms in the second game. They combined to allow 1 earned run on 4 hits. They walked 1 Knight and tallied 5 K's.
"Overall, it was a great day to compete," noted Patriot skipper Luther Bramblett. "Both games were tight with more scoring possibilities than both scores indicate. Both clubs made some great plays and pitches to keep the scores low. We done a better job at the plate in game two, grinding out at bats and seeing pitches and obviously our pitching a defense done a solid job today. Just a solid day for both teams today."
The Patriots will visit Bellarmine University for their final scrimmage of the fall next Saturday October 22. Start time is 12:00 in Louisville. Then, the Bat Pats will finish the fall next week with the annual Patriot Talent Show Series.