Struggling to find offensive consistency, the Bridge City Cardinals saw another great campaign end Saturday afternoon against the Huffman Falcons in the Class 3A Region III quarterfinals.
Huffman managed to scratch in four runs on just four hits and held the Cardinals scoreless to notch a 4-0 Game Three victory at Baytown Sterling High School as the Falcons now advance to face College Station in the regional semifinals next week.
The Cardinals (26-5), who scored three runs in the first two innings in Game One to take that one 3-2, went scoreless for the next 18 innings against stout Huffman (24-5) pitching. BC left 12 men stranded on base Saturday.
“Give Huffman credit, they have a good club and their pitching and defense was excellent throughout the three games,” said Cardinal coach Chad Landry. “We had so many chances and you can’t leave 12 runners on base. That’s not like us because we’ve been excellent scoring runs in clutch situations all year.”
The Cardinals had superb pitching throughout the series and received a nice effort from starter Jonah Watts Saturday in the loss.
Watts worked four innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two and walking four. Kyle Bergeron tossed the last two innings for BC, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
“Our kids pitched their tails off the whole series,” said Landry. “Jonah gave us a tremendous effort again today. We simply didn’t give our guys any run support. We didn’t have any offensive output and we know we’re better than what we showed. You can’t take away anything from our kids, it was another tremendous season, just wish we were still moving on. I’m very proud of them.”
Jake Harrison tossed the first 3 1/3 innings for the Falcons, allowing two hits while fanning four and walking four. Tyler Hebert was strong in relief as he hurled 3 2/3 innings while allowing three hits. He struck out five and walked two.