Brentwood holds off Overton, will face Centennial for region title
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
The Brentwood Bruin baseball team survived a late threat from Overton Monday and advanced to the Region 6-AAA finals with a 5-4 win.
Having previously escaped numerous Bobcat threats unscathed, Brentwood gave up four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Overton loaded the bases via three walks before back-to-back two-out hits did the damage. Chris Wilson hit a groundball single through the infield for the Bobcats’ first run before Justin Hamilton cleared the bases with a double to left center field.
“Overton is a really good team,” said Brentwood coach Brian Popovich. “They’re extremely well coached and they love to play great ball against us. We knew this was going to happen. We knew this was going to be a tough game.”
Walks were an issue for the Bruins throughout the night as five Brentwood pitchers issued nine free passes.
Prior to their rally in the sixth, Overton had loaded the bases in back-to-back frames – and had runners on second and third in the third inning - only to have Brentwood slam the door on scoring chances.
The Bruins wasted little time getting themselves on the scoreboard, going up 4-0 in the first inning. David Pimentel scored Aaron Maher with a hit-and-run single with one out for the first run before Cody Shelton followed with an RBI single to right for the second.
John Buntin singled to left to drive in the third run before Shelton scored on a double steal for the fourth of the inning.
Shelton, a senior, led the team at the plate – going 4-4 with four singles.
“He’s our leader,” Popovich said. “He’s a guy who has been a varsity player since he was a freshman. He’s had some injuries with basketball, but whatever role he plays for our team is going to be a key role. Today that happened to be at the plate.”
Centennial advanced to the region final with a 4-2 win over District 12-AAA runner-up McGavock.
The Cougars led 4-0 through six innings before the Raiders got on the scoreboard with a two-out, two RBI triple.
Despite the result from Wednesday’s region final, Brentwood and Centennial both have secured spots in the Class AAA sectional round.
The Cougars have won three of four meetings with the Bruins this year – the last being a 4-3 decision in eight innings that eliminated Brentwood from the 11-AAA tournament.
“It’s a little bit of a different situation because we both know we’re going to advance,” Popovich said of the difference between the last time they played. “But anytime Brentwood plays Centennial it’s a pretty heated rivalry – especially now. They really bested us this year.”
Posted on: 5/13/2013