The Brock Eagles would not be denied a repeat trip to the Class 3A regional finals, completing a series comeback versus the Bushland Falcons in the teams’ regional semifinals matchup with a 2-0 win in game three Saturday at Iowa Park High School.
Brock had previously clawed its way back from an 8-0 shutout in game one Thursday with a dominant 6-1 win in game two Friday.
Eagles’ Head Coach Hart Hering said the series win was reflective of his players’ mental toughness, while adding that the team honored the program’s winning tradition against a quality Bushland squad Saturday.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight all series,” Hering said.
“We knew [the Falcons] had talented arms, are well-coached and are a great ball club. They certainly battled us pitch for pitch, but our kids were ready for it. They showed up and competed. To come back and fight in game two to get into the rubber match and then show up [Saturday], they showed a lot of fight and toughness. I’m really proud of them.
“We’ve built a championship program here, so we try to pay our respects to the tradition and history that’s been in Brock.
“We take it as a challenge to continue that legacy and our kids have stepped up all year long and put themselves in a position to be in the regional finals. It certainly feels good.
“It’s something we set out to do each and every year and when you finally get here, it’s super exciting for our kids, program and community.”
Brock plays the Wall Hawks in the regional finals with game one starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Abilene Christian University’s Crutcher Scott Field.
Game two starts at 1 p.m. Friday (also at ACU), with game three (if needed) beginning afterwards.
Starting pitcher Caleb Satterfield and the Eagles’ defense took center stage in game three, retiring the Falcons’ first three batters in four total innings.
Satterfield struck out four while allowing only three hits.
Only one Bushland runner reached third base all game, while the team’s best chance at a comeback was snuffed out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Trailing 2-0 (Brock had scored one run in each of the first and fourth innings), the Falcons opened the bottom of the seventh with a single to center field.
Satterfield earned the Eagles’ first out on a strikeout during the Falcons’ next at bat, before teammate Jase Lopez took the mound to close out the contest.
After walking his first batter (resulting in runners on first and second for Bushland), Lopez turned it on, collecting back-to-back strikeouts to seal the win.
Lopez also led the Eagles (three total hits) at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored.