The Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team returned to the diamond for the first time since last season’s state title and despite a new year, new faces and a new head coach, the result of last Friday’s 2014 debut was a familiar one.
BCA scored 13 runs in the second inning en route to a 17-2 win in three innings against visiting Killian Hill.
The Knights, who gave coach Colby May his first career win, took advantage of several walks and defensive miscues by the Cougars to break open what seemed to be a competitive game.
Tanner Still earned the win going all three innings. He did allow six hits, including a home run, and recorded three strikeouts.
BCA was without several players, who should play a major role on the varsity team this spring, who were still involved with the school’s state playoff basketball squad.
“We did a good job getting ready to go,” May said. “I was a little antsy to begin with. It really looked like it was going to be a competitive game. We were patient at the plate and did a good job of not swinging at bad pitches. We showed good plate discipline and our defense made the plays they needed to make.”
Killian Hill scored one run in the top of the first on the strength of two doubles. BCA tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.
P.J. Klein had a leadoff walk and then stole second and third. Brad Toxen then connected for an RBI double to tie the game. Nick Seutefelipe also had a single in the inning, but was left stranded on base along with Toxen.
After holding the Cougars scoreless in the top half of the second, BCA scored 13 times.
The big inning began on a one-out walk by Dakota Parten and wouldn’t stop until the game was completely in control.
Klein had two RBI singles in the inning while Brenden Veal connected for a bases clearing triple.
Several more runs were walked in with the bases loaded.
It was a big day for Klein, who edged the game in the bottom of the third on a two-run triple.
The new BCA coach had praise for his freshman pitcher in the season opener.
“Tanner was coming in as a freshman pitcher and he settled down after the start,” May said.
BCA is scheduled to host Loganville Christian Academy Saturday at 2:30 p.m.