Friars open playoffs with favorable matchup in San Antonio

Friars open playoffs with favorable matchup in San Antonio

The postseason begins Thursday for Bishop Lynch when they face off with St. Joseph Academy in a first round, one-game playoff.

The Friars (14-14) enter as the third seed from District 1 following Friday's solid winning performance at Nolan to end the regular season and finish 9-5 in league play. The Bloodhounds (5-14) are the third-place team from District 2, which consists of three teams. SJA went 0-4 in district play.

The two teams will meet in San Antonio for a 1 pm contest at Central Catholic's Kahlig Field, located at 10415 Kahlig Drive. The winner moves on to the TAPPS Division I Regional Championship round against Beaumont Kelly Catholic.

In Friday's win over Nolan, the Friars grabbed the lead early with a three-run second inning, added a run in the third and rode the pitching staff to a 4-1 victory. Blake Bautz (7-3) earned the win with a two-hit shutout over 4.2 innings. Bautz allowed just two hits and struck out six. John McVicker tossed 2.1 innings in relief to earn the save.

Matt Johnson had two hits including a double and drove in a run while Larsen Beaurline tripled and drove in three.

The win put an end to a five-game losing streak, which was prefaced by an 8-0 start in district play. SJA is also coming off a win, topping Jubilee Academy by a 7-3 score on April 21.

The Bloodhounds have found wins hard to come by, however, with just one victory in the month of April. SJA has put up just 52 runs (2.7 runs per game) while allowing 188 (9.9 runs per game). The Bloodhounds have suffered a total of nine double-digit losses, including four by 14 runs or more.

In comparison, the Friars have put up 140 runs (5.0 runs per game) while allowing 172 (6.1 runs per game). However, in district play, the Friars averaged five runs per game while allowing just 4.8 per game. SJA was outscored 47-6 in its four district games.

For those who can't make it to the game in person, live updates will be posted on the athletics Twitter account: @blathletics.