BULLARD – The unveiling of a new and state-of-the-art Herrington Field started off the Brook Hill home baseball season with a carnival-like setting, and a glorious reunion of past coaches and players from the Guard's four state title diamond campaigns.
New Brook Hill baseball coach, Jerry Courtney’s 2020 Guard's home debut was more than memorable, as a packed house set the stage for a 6-2 win over Colleyville-Covenant Christian on a beautiful spring- like Saturday afternoon.
Courtney already well known for his solid pitching, and heads-up base running tactics from his previous years at All Saints, had his Guard already mirroring many good things to come.
Senior pitcher Mason York etched his spot in the Brook Hill records picking up the win in five solid innings of shutout baseball. York (2-0), spread out four hits, struck-out two, and walked three in a limited pitch-count outing.
“Mason did a great job for us today and threw lots of strikes,” Courtney said about his right hander, York. “He had a great pace, and he really did a great job of keeping what runners they did have off-balance, and is much improved from just a few weeks ago.”
Sophomore, Aidan Mason came on and kept the Guard shutout intact throwing one inning of three-up, three-down mastery, fanning two Cougar batters.
The Guard got all the runs they would need in the first inning, and leadoff hitter, Seth Moss led off with a walk. Moss moved to third on a single to right by Carson Richards, and scored the first run on the new turf when Tanner French pounded out a double down the first base line.
Aidan Mason walked, followed by Cade Chesley reaching on an error.
York then aided his mound call bringing in the third run with an RBI fielder’s choice, before a double from Cole Fitzgerald, scored Mason with the 4-0 cushion.
Gage Franklin had two of five stolen bases by the Guard, scoring for French and scoring the third run of the rally.
“We got a few clutch hits that got us going in the first inning,” Coach Courtney said about the offense. “I was really excited about our base running today, and that’s something we have been working on.
“Today they showed me that they are ready to be really aggressive when we get on base,” Courtney beamed.
The Guard added two runs in their final at-bat. French laced a single to plate Boston Durrett. Richards came around to score on a wild pitch for the 6-0 advantage.
Covenant Christian came through with their two scores in the seventh inning, as doubles from Warren Rudman, and Jaxson Jobe avoided the shutout.
The Guard banged out 10 hits led by French going 3-for-3, with a double, and knocked in 2 RBI’s. Richards added a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored, while Fitzgerald went 2-for-3, and an RBI.
Brook Hill (2-0), will host Frisco-Legacy on Monday, before trekking to Fort Worth to play Bishop Nolan, on Wednesday.