May 28th, 2018

Colts fall to North Bullitt, season ends

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Colts fall to North Bullitt, season ends
DeSales' Jordan Lacy strikes out to end the game / photo by Ed Peak

HEBRON, Ky. -- Monday was one of those days the DeSales baseball team would like to quickly forget. Almost everything the Colts tried went wrong. Host North Bullitt crushed DeSales 9-1 in the quarterfinals of the Sixth Region Tournament on a beautiful breezy sunny afternoon.

DeSales (17-16) finishes its season losing its final two games thus snapping the Colts three straight appearances in the regional championship game.

"It just wasn't our day," said DeSales coach TJ Cataldo. "All the credit goes to North Bullitt. They came out and hit the ball. They came out put the ball in play and were able to score because of it."

DeSales starting pitcher, Garrett Mathews (6-5), had one of his toughest days ever on the mound. Mathews, who last year pitched the Colts to a win over rival Holy Cross, in the regional tournament, pitched five innings allowing nine hits, five runs, four earned while walking three and striking out five. The Colts trailed 5-0 when he left the game.

"I'd just tried to throw strikes," said Mathews. "I'd miss left and I move over on the mound.....try to get it down the middle and I'd miss right. Just struggling out there."

Mathews never had an easy inning against the Eagles, a team DeSales beat 8-6 on March 26.

DeSales had an opportunity to score in the third after a single by freshman Evan Tinsley and a walk to senior Sam Newkirk. Freshman Jayden Scroggins sacrificed the runners to second and third, but Andrew Smith took a called third strike from winning pitcher, senior left hander Alec Lush, stopping the rally.

A run scoring single by Bryce Saylor, who had three of North Bullitt's 11 hits, plated Tyler Mills in the bottom of the inning for a 1-0 lead.

North Bullitt (12-25) seized the momentum scoring twice in the fourth. Josh Wilson doubled home Drew Wheatley who led off with a double. One out later freshman Jerek Kelly singled home Wheatley and the Eagles led 3-0. A hole the Colts would never get out of.

DeSales loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth but couldn't score. Newkirk walked and Scroggins singled. Smith walked to load the bases. Mathews took a called third strike ending the inning.

North Bullitt added two more runs in the bottom half of the inning as Blake Bonn doubled home Saylor and Riley Hall, who reached on on error, one of three committed by the Colts and the Eagles led 5-0.

"We had the bases loaded and I was up and I struck out," said Mathews. "I don't know. It was just a bad day all around."

DeSales lone run came in on a bases loaded walk in the sixth as Tinsley's walk forced home pinch runner Noah Lawless.

North Bullitt, who will play rival Bullitt East in the semifinals Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium, added four runs in the bottom of the inning, two of which were unearned.

"Garrett didn't have his day," said Newkirk, a senior catcher. "He's a lot better than he showed. Him being a young guy he should come out next year and be lights out, all year. Today was one of those days for him. It just happens. It's baseball. Not everything is going to go your way. You have to adapt."

The Colts struggled against the lefty Lush who pitched five and one third innings allowing four hits and the one run. He walked six while striking out 10.

"You just have to execute sometimes and I know I didn't execute my at bat and a couple other people didn't and we didn't get run in," said Newkirk. "We were right there. We had our chances to fight back. We have a ton of young guys and they'll come back better. They'll be able to execute and be a very good team next year."

DeSales had a young team with only six seniors on its roster. The Colts started three freshman.

"It comes down to hitting and we didn't hit," said Cataldo. "While those issues on the field hurt (errors), we didnt hit the ball better than we did. We swing the bats its a different game. We had the bases loaded I think on two different occasions in that game we weren't able to capitalize at all."

North Bullitt moves on to the semifinals against rival Bullitt East (27-8).

"The last month and a half of this season he's (Lusk) has thrown as well as he's ever thrown. He's been terrific the last month and a half. When he has his curve ball he's a very tough high shoot pitcher."

The Eagles finished regular season play losing nine of their last 12 games before district play. Now they are in the regional semifinals.

"I told the guys, our record stinks," said Wise. "We're not happy about it. But I could have scheduled us 20 wins. I could have scheduled games we could have won. But we've played a tough schedule. We've played three freshman a lot of he year, started two today.

"The last month and a half of this season he's (Lusk) thrown as well as he's ever thrown," said North Bullitt coach Brian Wise. "He's been terrific the last month and a half. When he has his curve ball he's a very tough high school pitcher."

Wise says he has a lot of respect for the Colts program. "We know DeSales is a good team. They've been in the regional championship the last three years. We have a ton of repect for those guys. But our guys knew they had a chance to win today."

 

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