In what will be remembered as a season of growing pains, the Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe bowed out in the first game of the District 2-1A tournament with a 7-1 defeat at the hands of John Paul II, thus ending their 2013 campaign.
The Bobcats would threaten early, getting two runners aboard in the bottom of the first inning, but one was thrown out after attempting to take second on an overthrown pickoff attempt, and the other was caught off of second base by Panthers’ pitcher Justin Janicki. John Paul II would go on to take advantage of the momentum swing and plate three runners in the top of the second, despite some solid early pitching from sophomore right-hander and staff ace Casey Mathers.
“Our pitching was solid early on and kept the game within reach,” said Bobcats Head Coach Chris Warfel. “Our bats — well, that’s another story. We just couldn’t seem to string anything together. Hats off to JPII’s pitcher; he had a great game.”
John Paul II would go on to score four more runs in the top of the seventh, chasing a tiring Mathers in the process. Sophomore reliever Will Harris entered with the bases loaded, no outs and two runs already scored.
The next John Paul II batter lifted a fly ball to left that got past the Bobcat’s left-fielder, scoring the final two Panther runs.
The Bobcats retired the next three batters in order and began the final frame down 7-0 and needing their best rally of the season to keep their hopes for a fifth consecutive district final appearance alive. With one out, Harris (2 for 3, 1 run) lined a single into centerfield and later scored on a two-out double by junior catcher Myles Edwards.
That was as far as the rally would go as the final Bobcat batter flew out to end the game at 7-1.
Next season looks to be more promising for the Bobcats, who will have two seniors and nine juniors returning to improve on their 10-16 record.
“We’ll play the month of June as a team and our JV will also play this summer,” said Warfel as his inaugural season as Bobcats head coach concluded.
“I expect us to be more seasoned and a more consistent ball club in 2014.”