District play couldn't have started any better for the Friars, winners of four straight and owners of first place in the standings as of Monday.
Bishop Lynch (8-9, 4-0) swept both Parish Episcopal and Bishop Dunne to kick off the league schedule, setting the tone for what could be a possible district title run.
Friars 4, Dunne 0
Blake Bautz and Tanner Stark combined for a one-hit shutout of the Falcons on the road, completing the sweep. The Friars scored two in the first, one in the fourth and an insurance run in the final frame. Bautz (4-1) threw 5.1 innings allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Stark retired the final five Dunne batters. Larsen Beaurline and Matt Johnson each recorded multiple hits.
Friars 6, Dunne 5
Last Tuesday, Westin Walls struck out 10 for his second win in less than a week to open the series against the Falcons at McIngvale Field. The Friars opened with three runs in the first inning and added two more in the third. The Falcons got within a run before Luke Barrington tossed a hitless seventh inning to pick up his second save of the season. Gabe Vasquez doubled and drove in a pair, Aaron Hunter stole two bases and added an RBI and Jalen Webster blasted a run-scoring double.
Friars 6, Parish 2
Back at home, the Friars took the lead for good with a three-run third inning to help complete the sweep of the Panthers, despite collecting just three base hits. Walls (2-1) picked up the win with four hitless innings and six strikeouts. Lucas Hermann, Barrington and Hunter each contributed out of the bullpen. Johnson, Hunter and Vasquez each had a hit for the Friars. Zak Zapletal drove in a pair of runs.
Friars 17, Parish 7
Bishop Lynch hammered the Panthers for 15 hits, including a pair of home runs, in their district opener on the road. After falling behind early, the Friars scored six runs in the second, four in the sixth and five more in the seventh for good measure. Walls and Johnson each had four hits to lead the offensive onslaught. Walls went deep in the seventh inning while Beaurline hit a homer in the sixth. Seth Torres stole four bases. Bautz earned the win for the Friars, tossing 4.1 innings, allowing four runs and four hits while striking out seven with just one walk.
The Friars began a series with Prestonwood Christian on Monday and continue today (weather permitting) at Plano. A series against TCA begins next Tuesday in Addison and continues at McIngvale Field on Friday, April 6.