Crusaders tally 23-9 win over Falcons
If Monday evening’s city rivalry baseball game between Lee Christian and Grace Christian had been last team to score before daylight ran out, the host Crusaders would’ve been in trouble.
By regular high school rules, Grace Christian (3-2, 1-0) romped to a 23-9 win in four-and-a-half innings over the Falcons (0-3, 0-1).
The Crusaders plated 10 runs in the first and at least three runs each time they came up, so when Lee Christian scored seven runs in its last time at-bat, it didn’t do anything to the outcome of the game, far from the first game played between the nearby schools, but the first Carolina Christian Conference baseball meeting between the Crusaders and Falcons.
The Falcons took the lead in the top of the first. The first three Falcons reached base and clean-up man Harrison Rogers dropped a base hit into left-center field for two RBI.
With Shane Farnsworth starting on the mound, the Crusaders got out of danger with a double play grounder to shortstop, going Caleb Welborn to Nathan Holt to Montgomery Kirby, to retire the side.
Then it was Grace Christian’s turn to be at the plate for awhile. Fifteen hitters later, the Crusaders led 10-2.
Rogers struggled, walking six of the first eight batters he faced. The first two Crusader runs, by Caleb Welborn and Farnsworth, raced in on wild pitches.
Sam Holt and Jonathan Husk added RBI singles to the rally. In the second time around the Crusader order, a Farnsworth sacrifice fly to right field, Micah Welborn’s double and Aaron Ayers’ single knocked in one run apiece.
Farnsworth settled into a rhythm to hold the Falcons in the next two frames. The Crusaders kept tacking on runs for a 17-2 lead through three innings.
Micah Welborn, the third hitter for the Crusaders, went 2-for-2 with three walks, four runs and two RBI. Caleb Welborn scored four runs.
Ayers went 3-for-4 and had four RBI. Sam Holt went 2-for-2 with two runs and Husk went 2-for-4, also reaching base with a walk and on an error, and had three runs and two RBI.
The highlight of the seven-run Falcon rally was Rogers powering a fly over the left field fence for a two-run homer, giving him a 3-for-4 day and four RBI.
Jack Burrus, John Holly and Noah Thomas added an RBI each, all while the Falcons were down to their final out as six Falcons kept the game going with either singles or walks.
The CCC schedule continues today for Grace Christian as the Crusaders travel to Community Christian for a 5 p.m. state.
Lee Christian is off for two weeks before hosting Community Christian on April 9.