Bears beat Tri-Cities Prep to claim league crown


Courtesy brewstersports/facebook Bears seniors Zane Madden, AJ Woodward, and Arnie Arevalo share a moment.

ODESSA -– The Bears varsity baseball team closed its regular season and claimed the league title with a convincing 11-1 win in five innings over Tri-Cities Prep of the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference last Wednesday, May 4. The win positions the 20-2 Bears with the No. 1 RPI ranking among state 2B teams heading into post season play.

Head coach Todd Phillips said the game was a great opportunity to face a team that the Bears will see again in the playoffs.

“We had a great day at the plate and AJ Woodward was very solid and efficient on the mound,” Phillips said despite the early one run lead Tri-Cities took in the second inning.

“With two outs Evan Sherfey reached base on an error and scored on his brother Caleb’s double, said Phillips of the Jaguars’ opening kick. “That would be the only scoring of the day for TCP.”

Phillips detailed the inning-by-inning from the third inning:

Bears took the lead in the third and rolled to the ten-run rule. Eric Ramirez led off with a single, Reese Vassar singled and Woodward doubled them in. He would then score when Arnie Arevalo reached on an error. Added three in the fourth: Blake Burgett led off with a single, and advanced on the Ramirez sacrifice bunt. Vassar doubled with two outs to bring in Burgett. Woodward singled to bring in Reese and Schertenleib singled to bring in Woodward when the outfielder misplayed it.

In the fifth, we pushed it to the ten-run limit when Arevalo drew the lead-off walk and stole second. Burgett walked and stole second behind Arevalo. Ramirez doubled in both in and advanced to third on an error. Nico Maldonado then reached on an error that pushed the run across the plate. After Woodward singled, Maldonado scored on Schertenleib’s single to end the game. Woodward gave up two hits and zero walks on only 70 pitchers. He did not allow a single earned run. Just flat dealt. Two good days in a row for him. 

Phillips explained factors in the Bears’ schedule this season that helped the team earn its top RBI ranking.

“Our schedule has been very beneficial this year, seven games versus teams in their divisions’ top ten, nine more against teams in their divisions’ top 20,” said Phillips. “That is going to pay off down the road.”

Brewster opens post-season play at home Thursday, May 12, at 4:40 p.m.

Stats

                        1    2        3        4        5        R        H       E 

T-C Prep         0     1        0        0        0        1        2        4 

Brewster      0        0        4        3        4        11      12      3 

W-AJ Woodward (6-1) 

L-Caleb Sherfey  

S-None 

2B-Brewster: Reese Vassar (6), Woodward (4), Eric Ramirez (5); Tri Cities Prep: C. Sherfey 

3B-Brewster: Tyson Schertenleib; Tri Cities Prep: None 

HR-None 

 

 

 

 

 

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