MADISONVILLE — The Bishop Lynch Friars provided plenty of exciting moments during the 2018 season but were unable to make the big plays needed to upset Kelly Catholic on Thursday in a TAPPS D1 regional playoff game.
The Friars (15-15) managed two hits in the opening frame against Kelly ace Thomas Burbank, a University of Texas commit. Westin Walls got the third hit – a solo home run in the seventh – to break up the shutout, but Bishop Lynch fell by a 4-1 score.
Blake Bautz took the loss on the mound for the Friars despite a solid outing — five hits, four strikeouts and just two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. Bautz finishes the season with 87 strikeouts, the third highest single-season total in program history.
Lynch left two runners stranded in the first before going hitless over the next five innings. Bautz retired the side in order in the first and needed just six pitches to put away the Bulldogs in the third. Kelly was hitless through the first three frames.
The fourth inning saw Kelly break the scoreless tie with a single to start the inning, followed by a run-scoring triple and a steal of home. In the sixth, Kelly added two more on a wild pitch and RBI-single. Walls homered to left field with one out in the seventh, providing the only offensive spark for the Friars.
Jalen Webster and Matt Johnson singled, but the Friars struck out 11 times and committed three errors in the field. Bautz threw 100 pitches in his final outing in a Lynch uniform. Nine other Friar seniors played in their final contest at BL, including Luke Barrington, Seth Torres, Zak Zapletal, Tyler Williams, Gabe Vasquez, Johnny Henderson, Tanner Stark, John Carter and Josh Frausto.
Bautz finished his senior season with eight wins, which is tied for the fifth-best season total in program history. Stark recorded three saves, tied for the third-best season total by a Friar pitcher.