The Baseball Bears had a successful weekend in Hoover, Alabama competing with some of the top high school teams from around the country at the 2023 Perfect Game High School Showdown.
The Bears finished the weekend 3-1, including a victory over the No. 4 ranked team in America.
CHS opened the weekend with a dominant win over James Clemens High School (Ala.). Prescott Marsh threw a complete game, two-hit, shutout while Brooks Wright, Trip Dobson, and Jack Ruckert each had a pair of RBIs.
The Bears would fall in their second game of the weekend to the Loganville Red Devils (Ga.) by a score of 2-0. William Schmidt pitched for the Bears and threw all six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs while striking out eight and allowing no walks. Unfortunately, Catholic High could not scratch any runs across on just three hits, all singles (Brooks Wright, Trip Dobson, Andrew Clapinski).
Saturday saw Catholic bounce back in a big way, picking up back to back victories over two Georgia schools. The Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 on RBIs from Prescott Marsh and Trip Dobson. Jack Ruckert extended the lead to 3-0 with his first HR of the year in the top of the 2nd inning. Clayton Pourciau added his first HR of the year in the top of the 3rd to make the game 4-1, before Trip Dobson drove home the Bears final run of the day on a double in the 5th.
On the mound, Alex Ainsworth threw a complete game for the Bears, striking out seven, walking just two and allowing only the one earned run.
The Bears would follow up that win with a hard fought victory against the No. 4 ranked team in the country Parkview (Ga.).
CHS gave up the first run of the game in the Bottom of the 2nd, but responded with a huge 4-run top of the 3rd to take a 4-1 lead. The Panthers tied the game with 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning, but the Bears reclaimed the lead with two more runs in the top of the 5th for the 6-4 final score.
Cole Cranford and Andrew Hodges led the way for the Bears with 2 RBI each, while Michael Sutton threw 3.1 shutout innings in relief to clinch the game for the Bears.
The Bears return to Grizzly Field this week for a Tuesday matchup against St. Charles Catholic, before a 3-game set against Dunham on the weekend.