The Brazos Cougars baseball team played its first tournament action of the season at the end of last week and didn’t have to travel far to do so.
The Cougars hosted five area teams for the Brazos Invitational but just missed out on playing for the championship. The hosts competed in Pool A alongside Brookshire Royal and Van Vleck while Boling, Ganado and Tidehaven made up Pool B. All three teams played each other in the respective pools on Thursday to shake out the seeding for a single-elimination bracket on Friday which set up Saturday’s championship game.
Brazos got out of the gate hot, earning both wins in pool play 12-3 over Royal and 5-3 over Van Vleck. Although the Royal Falcons scored the first two runs of the opening game, the Cougars evened the score in the bottom of the first and used a six-run third inning to seize the lead. Coltin Frayard, Connor Macha and Dayne Macha all provided two-RBI performances in the win.
Brazos again used a multi-run inning late in the game to take the win over Van Vleck, scoring three in the fourth to supplement 5.2 innings pitched and five strikeouts from Cougar starter Nick Oliver. Those wins provided the hosts with a solid seed in Friday’s single-elimination bracket but they fell to the Boling Bulldogs 8-3 who used a three-run third and five-run fourth inning to emerge victorious.
Boling went on to win the championship game on Saturday, taking down Ganado 13-6.
At the end of the day, Brazos head coach Brad Norris was pleased with his team’s effort and looks forward to building on the success they had.
“I thought the tournament went very well,” he said. “I saw a lot of positive things from the team that we can build on. Moving forward, we are going to continue to focus on getting better each game. There is a lot of potential for this group as a whole. If we keep gelling, we can do some great things.”
Brazos traveled to El Campo earlier in the week for a non-district matchup and will see more of the Bulldogs at the Boling Tournament this weekend.