NEW CANEY —
In a superb pitching duel, the Huffman Falcons were able to tie the best-of-three Class 3A regional quarterfinal series by downing the Bridge City Cardinals 2-0 at Adam Dunn Field Friday night.
Huffman pitcher Matthew Bumpas and Cardinal senior Bryson McFarland went at it the whole way and each one allowed just two hits.
However, the Falcons (23-5) were able to scratch in a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take down the Cardinals (26-4).
The Game Three decider will be today at 2:30 p.m. at Baytown Sterling High School.
Bumpas struck out eight Cardinals and walked one while McFarland fanned eight Falcons and walked three.
“Bryson pitched the best game he ever pitched,” said Cardinal coach Chad Landry. “He had excellent command and it was tough because we didn’t give him any run support.”
Landry was impressed with Bumpas as well.
“I think the Bumpas kid has only allowed about three runs all season,” said Landry. “He was in control the whole way. We hit the ball hard at times but right at people. I think we had about seven line-drive outs.”
Bumpas got the Falcons going in the fifth when he drew a leadoff walk. Courtesy runner Tyler Hebert advanced to second after a nice sacrifice bunt by Jay Hackett. Cody Gaitan followed with a single to center and Austin Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Richard Marches drove in the first run with a deep sacrifice fly to center to plate Hebert. Gaitan eventually scored on a double steal as he crossed home and Smith went to second.
Kyle Bergeron got a one-out single for the Cardinals in the second inning.
The Falcons threatened in the third as Hackett had a leadoff single to left-centerfield. Courtesy runner Phillip Vendramin stole second with two outs but McFarland got Marches to ground out.