Excel, Cass lose Monday night
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 6, EXCEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0 The youthful Excel Christian Academy baseball team has struggled to generate offense through the first three games of the season.
That trend continued Monday night at LakePoint as the Eagles managed only three hits and were shutout by visiting Christian Heritage, 6-0.
The Lions plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on an error and a sacrifice fly. Heritage then added two more in the top of the third via a triple that was sandwiched between a pair of errors.
Single runs in the fifth and sixth frames closed out the scoring.
Excel threatened in the bottom of the third. Darius Thrower walked and advanced on a Levi Blackwell single and a groundout by Trace Still, but was picked off at third to end the inning.
Christian Heritage finished the night with six hits and took advantage of five ECA errors.
Wyatt Karlovich had two hits for Excel to lead the offense.
Joseph Cuomo (5 IP, 4H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K) suffered the pitching loss. Marco Haro (1 IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 1K) and Dylan Drew (1 IP, 1H, 3K) pitched in relief for the Eagles.
Excel (0-3) hosts Trion Thursday (5pm) and will play Armuchee Friday (6pm) at State Mutual Stadium in Rome. The Eagles wrap up a four-game week Saturday by hosting North Cobb Christian at 5pm.
CREEKVIEW 8, CASS 1
Creekview scored eight runs in the first three innings on their way to an 8-1 victory Monday night at Cass in the first game of a three game sub-region series this week.
Clemson commit, Kyle Wilkie, was 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead the visiting Grizzlies. He also scored a run and stole a base.
Michael Patterson was the winning pitcher for Creekview. The Grizzlies improved to 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in Region 7-AAAAA-A.
Jake Collum had two hits to lead the Colonels offense. Cass scored its only run on a sacrifice fly by Boo Reed. Bailey Collum, Steven Spell, and Evan Hinton had the other Cass hits.
Cody Johnson suffered the pitching loss for Cass. He lasted just one inning, walked three, struck out one, and allowed four runs.
Austin Pruett had a productive outing on the mound for the Colonels. He allowed three hits, no earned runs, walked none, and struck out five during his 2 2/3 innings of work.
Cass (1-2, 0-1) travels to Creekview Wednesday for Game 2 of the series and will host the Grizzlies again on Friday.