SANFORD — Grace Christian has a handsome, renovated baseball field it hasn’t been able to use much the last two springs. Two years ago it was due to an inordinate number of rainouts. Last spring, well, the whole sports world was shut down in mid-March.
The Crusaders are off to a good start on their yard this March. The Crusaders opened up last week with a 12-7 win against Kerr-Vance, a usual power in the NCISAA baseball ranks.
Grace Christian beat Village Christian 11-2 Tuesday afternoon to go to 3-0 on the young season.
After the Crusaders and starting pitcher Brandon Crabtree got through the top of the first, the first four Crusader hitters got aboard and scored, setting the tone for the Crusaders knocking 16 hits and putting a bunch of runs up for the third straight game.
Caleb Franklin reached on an error on a grounder and Landon Jones singled with a pop falling down the left-field line. Jarret Crabtree hit a harder shot into left to load the bases.
Clean-up batter Jesse Mitchell shot a liner into right to bring in two. The Crusaders got two more with a wild pitch plus error on the play back to the plate.
Picking up at the top of the Crusader order starting the second, Franklin singled and Jones drove a shot off the fence in left for an RBI double, Jarret Crabtree lined a single into left for an RBI. Griffin Matthews scored Crabtree with a grounder to shortstop. Braeden Voss hit a two-out single for an RBI making it 8-0 Crusaders.
Brandon Crabtree tossed three shutout innings then Mitchell pitched two innings followed by Jones reliving Mitchell in the sixth and getting the last three outs in the Village sixth. Village Christian scored a run in the sixth, making it 9-2. It could’ve been more for the Knights but leftfielder Alex Larson threw a Knight runner out at the plate as he tried coming in from second on a single.
Grace Christian added two tallies in the bottom of the sixth, with Mitchell singling to score two for four RBI on the day, then the game was called due to daylight running out.
The Crusaders get to continue their homestand Friday afternoon hosting Calvary Day School at 4 p.m.