SAN ANTONIO — The Bishop Lynch Friars had to travel five hours to open the TAPPS Division 1 baseball playoffs, so the team made sure all that time on the road was worthwhile. Blake Bautz (8-3) struck out 13 in six innings of hitless ball, Gabe Vasquez drove in three runs with three hits and the Friars (15-14) cruised past St. Joseph Academy, 10-1 at Kahlig Field.
The win puts Lynch in next week's regional round against Monsignor Kelly Catholic (20-4), which had a first-round bye after winning the District 2 regular season title. The date, time and location for the game are still pending.
Seth Torres and Westin Walls also turned in noteworthy performances in the win over St. Joseph. Torres went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and scored three runs while Walls went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs.
Bautz struck out the side in the first, two more in the second and all three in the third, giving him eight strikeouts through the first three innings. He fanned two in both the fourth and fifth and added one in the sixth during a 96-pitch outing by the senior.
The Friars opened the scoring with a pair in the first, courtesy of Torres – who walked, stole second and scored on a single by Vasquez. Walls hit into a fielder's choice to plate Vasquez. In the third, Torres scored on a ball hit by Vasquez, who reached on an error and scored on Walls' single. The Bloodhounds committed six errors in the contest while the Friars played an error-free game defensively.
Vasquez struck again in the fifth, tripling to bring home Torres before scoring on another SJA error. Aaron Hunter also doubled home Josh Frausto in the inning. Vasquez brought home John McVicker with a sixth-inning single, Tyler Williams brought Vasquez home and Max Danielsen would score on an error to round out the scoring.