The Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team passed a big non-region test Saturday.
The Knights (2-1) defeated visiting Loganville Christian Academy 5-1 behind a complete game performance from Caleb Hopkins who scattered six hits while striking out three and not allowing a walk.
“It was a good win,” BCA coach Colby May said. “The guys really did a good job and fought and competed with a strong, well coached team. Our defense made the plays it had to and we got a strong pitching performance. Those are the things which usually win games for you.”
The Knights also benefited from two home runs during the game as Luke Allen and Ryan Whiting both drilled LCA pitches out of the park.
BCA started the game with two runs in the bottom of the first, powered by Allen’s homer. The Knights pushed the lead to 3-0 on Whiting’s homer in the bottom of the second.
LCA put one run on the board in the top of the sixth, but May’s team responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. A sacrifice fly by Brady Stewart allowed Jacob Fincher to score and Whiting picked up another RBI driving home Brad Toxen, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Hopkins worked out of each small jam he got into and a double play ended the game after LCA had put two runners on base in the top of the seventh.
“Caleb did a great job,” May said. “He got in a couple of binds, but our defense made plays. He worked ahead in the count and that makes batters look for swings. We look forward to getting Caleb back on the pitcher’s mound.”
The homer by Allen in the bottom of the first helped relax the team, their coach said.
“Taking an early lead is always important,” May said. “We try to be aggressive on the bases. We want to keep the pressure on. When you get an early lead, that helps you be aggressive in areas.”
BCA will compete in the 2014 Glenwood Border Wars with two games Thursday and Saturday. BCA will play at 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday and again at 1 p.m. Saturday. The final game for the Knights will be determined based on their previous outings.