Friars sweep Nolan, head to San Antonio for playoffs

The Friars open the playoffs Thursday in San Antonio fresh off the heels of a series sweep of rival Nolan Catholic.
The Friars open the playoffs Thursday in San Antonio fresh off the heels of a series sweep of rival Nolan Catholic.

Bishop Lynch ended the regular season on an incredibly high note Friday night, one that it will definitely need heading into the playoffs later this week in San Antonio.

In head coach Clayton Nester's final home game as coach of the Friars, BL (14-20-1) finished off a sweep of rival Nolan Catholic with a 3-2 win at McIngvale Field in the regular season finale.

That momentum is huge as the Friars head south later this week to take on Antonian Prep (27-4) in a playoff doubleheader in San Antonio. The best-of-three series will begin Thursday at 12:30 p.m., followed by Game 2 at approximately 4 p.m.

Friday's game saw some early fireworks, but solid pitching and defense in the middle and late innings.

Nolan scored its only runs in the first inning for a 2-0 lead, which was quickly erased in the bottom half of the inning with one swing of the bat by Gabe Vasquez. His home run ball sailed clear of the fence in right field to tie up the contest.

The Friars took the lead for good in the second inning on Luke Basham's ground ball scoring Matt DeTullio. BL outhit Nolan by a 5-3 margin.

The Vikings put together a serious threat in the seventh, loading the bases with just one out. However, an interference call against the batter resulted in a game-ending double play.

Collin Crenwelge and Vasquez each had two hits to lead the Friars. DeTullio pitched four strong innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. Jimmy Hartmann tossed a pair of shutout innings in relief.