Bearcats split first two games in Spring Classic tournament: Kearns throws a one-hit shutout against Paraclete


PASO ROBLES — The Bearcats are in the midst of playing in the Spring Classic tournament that they co-host with Righetti High School. After dropping the first game of the tournament to San Ramon Valley Tuesday it was imperative that Paso win on Wednesday night, and when they needed solid pitching most, they got it.

Staring at the opposing team’s No. 5 hitter with the bases loaded and only one out, it seemed that Bearcats pitcher Aidan Kearns might be exiting the game early. Kearns composed himself, got ahead on the batter and earned his first strikeout when he needed it most.

Now, with two outs, the Bearcat defense looked to make a play for their pitcher after allowing a baserunner on an error and did exactly that on a ball chopped up the middle. Paso Robles escaped the first inning by the patchy hair on their pre-big league chins.

Designated hitter Dylan Griewank gave Kearns a two-run lead in the bottom of the first when he knocked a two-RBI bloop single over the second baseman's head and in front of the right fielder and that would be all he would need.

Kearns didn’t give up his first hit in the game until the sixth inning (the final inning) and had all his pitches working.

“After the first inning, I had good command of the fastball,” Kearns said after the game. “I was able to locate that and change their views on it. My curveball was sharp tonight, so a lot of swings and misses on that, and my change-up also got them out in front and swinging and missing on that as well.”

Kearns racked up eight strikeouts in only six innings of work because the Bearcats won via the ten-run-rule in the bottom of the sixth and the game was called.

Offensively, the Bearcats were seeing the ball well all night. Paso scored at least once in all but one inning and three different players recorded multiple hits. Griewank added two more RBI in the game and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI.

“It makes me feel good because I can’t really contribute on the field but I can try to show it and contribute when I hit,” Griewank said of his clutch offensive performance.

Reece Brumley went a perfect three-for-three on the evening with an RBI and had the added pleasure of hitting the rare sixth inning ten-run-rule walk off when he drove in Bobby Ibarra to a chorus of cheers from everyone in the stands.

Senior third baseman Wyatt Gidcumb blasted a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning and finished the evening with three RBIs.

The Bearcats won the game 10-0 in six innings and are now 1-1 in the Spring Classic Tournament after losing Tuesday night to San Ramon Valley 6-1.

© 2018-Paso Robles Press


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