The Bellville Brahmas’ varsity baseball team continued its shutout streak in its playoff warm-up game against A&M Consolidated last week. Bellville finished its district play by beating Columbus 10-0 and their pitching stayed strong on April 24 against Consolidated as they won 8-0.
Pitching has been a strength for the Brahmas as they have only allowed their opponent to score more than two runs once during the month of April. The team is 4-1 in that span.
Despite having the same number of losses as their crosstown rivals in district play, Bellville was crowned district champions after their win against Columbus. Their two losses coming against Needville and Stafford but Sealy’s two district losses were both to Bellville giving the Brahmas the tiebreaker.
One of the stars of the season and particularly the last few games for Bellville has been Kyle Collins. Collins has pitched complete games in two of the last three shutouts for the Brahmas. Against Stafford, Bellville won 4-0 largely thanks to Collins’ 11 strikeouts including 20 first-pitch strikes. He virtually repeated the feat against Columbus pitching all five innings of the game and striking out eight.
Junior Kevin Black has also been a key factor for Bellville from the plate. Over their last three wins, Black has driven in six runs and led the team in RBI twice.
The Brahmas will open the playoffs against Brazosport with game one being played in Freeport on Friday and game two and, if necessary, three being played in Bellville the next day. Brazosport finished their season 15-10 regular season but just a 5-6 record in district play. Before winning their play-in tiebreaker game against Bay City, the Exporters were riding a three-game losing streak in which they were only able to score one run in that span.