The Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team faced some of its toughest competition of the season with four games during a three day stretch last week.
BCA competed in the 2014 Glenwood Border Wars Tournament with schools from Georgia and Alabama participating.
And while the Knights, who are now 3-4 overall, finished 1-3 in the tournament, coach Colby May said the level of competition they faced will prove beneficial down the road.
“Our players were challenged in many ways,” May said. “It was good for them to see it. I hope we can rebound and learn from it.”
BCA opened the tournament Thursday with a 6-5 win against Macon-East.
The team then fell to Edgewood 14-4. The Knights ventured back to the tournament Saturday for another pair of games. BCA fell to Monroe 10-0 and to Coosa Valley 9-2.
“We learned a lot by being in this tournament,” May said. “There will be some changes made. It will be interesting to see how we respond to this challenge. This will help us in the long run and in the playoffs. Competing against those schools last week will even help prepare us for next spring when we move to AAA. I hope we can compete in the tournament again next year.”
BCA will begin its Region 1-A schedule this week. The Knights opened the region slate against Thomas Jefferson and will travel to Nathanael Greene Thursday and host Curtis Baptist Friday. BCA is the two-time defending region champion.
In addition to their region games, the Knights still have several non-region games sprinkled through the regular season schedule.
Games against larger schools such as Piedmont Academy, Gatewood and Brentwood are among the top non-region matchups.