High School Baseball
Lions make strides despite slim loss to Stratford
Trinity Christian’s baseball team went from a 13-run loss to coming one base shy of potentially earning revenge against Stratford Academy.
In the end, the Lions had to settle for a 5-4 loss after rallying to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Stratford used an RBI double in its final at bat to escape with a win.
Trinity took advantage of an error on a hard-hit ball to second from Daniel Shoates to score the tying run in the top of the seventh. But while rounding third on the same play, Lions runner Kenny Swaggart hyperextended his knee and was forced to hold, keeping the go-ahead run from scoring.
Trinity, which led the Cavaliers 1-0 in its season opener before falling 14-1, again jumped out to a lead in the first inning with three runs. Daniel Shoates, Leighton Cannon and Kyle Head each had RBIs in the rally.
“I think they’re starting to believe,” said Trinity head coach Brian Chmielewski. “It’s a big improvement from 14-1.”
Stratford struck for three runs in the bottom of the fifth against Trinity starter Cole Elrod to tie the game.
Elrod gave up four runs, two of which were earned, through six innings work.
Trinity was coming off Monday’s 7-3 victory at Flint River. The Lions used a four-run rally in the top of the seventh to pull ahead for good. Sophomore Grant Hurston had the go-ahead RBI while freshman Jake Elrod pitched two scoreless innings for his first varsity win.
HERITAGE SCHOOL SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER IN SEASON OPENER: The Heritage School opened the 2014 season on Saturday by splitting games with Flint River at home.
Mack Wilkins and Luke Smith dominated the opener on the mound in a 10-0 shutout that included 5 RBIs from Peyton Henson starting with a bases-clearing double in the second.
Henson ignited a five-run rally in the second and the Hawks added four more runs in the third
Wilkins allowed just one hit over three innings before giving way to Smith.
Brian McKinney also had two hits for Heritage including a home-run over the outfield screen between the Heritage baseball field and its tennis courts.
McKinney, Henson and Brad Macke each had hits in the third, with Henson and Macke driving in runs for the Hawks.
Heritage then built a two-run lead through four innings in Game Two before Flint River rallied en route to a 5-4 victory.
Macke, Smith and Ben Cox had RBIs in the loss while Trevor Henson went 3-for-4.
The Hawks went ahead 4-2 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth before the Wildcats responded with three in the top of the fifth.
Heritage travels to Griffin Christian on Thursday.
Hawks 10, Wildcats 0
Flint River 000 00 — 0
Heritage School 054 1x — 10
Wildcats 5, Hawks 4
Flint River 101 030 0 — 5
Heritage School 011 200 0 — 4