The Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team recorded an impressive non-region victory Thursday by outlasting Piedmont Academy 8-6 on the road in 10 innings.
Luke Allen earned the win working the final four innings in relief while not allowing a run. Allen also struck out six batters.
P.J. Klein was the starting pitcher for BCA going against Piedmont’s Mac Brittain. Klein worked six innings and recorded seven strikeouts while scattering five hits. He allowed just one earned run.
“It was a good game with the teams going back and forth,” said Knights coach Colby May.
Jacob Parker helped pace the BCA offense scoring three runs and driving in one. Parker reached base four times in the contest. His double in the 10th inning scored Nick Suertefelipe.
May said the Knights have shown improvement since playing four tough foes in the recent Border Wars tournament.
“Our confidence is growing,” May said. “It helps to face quality opposition. That’s why it’s important to play tough non-region teams.”
Piedmont is a perennial GISA state baseball team at the AA level. The Cougars led 6-2 after the fourth inning, but BCA rallied with four runs in the top of the fifth.
Neither team would score again until the Knights plated two runs in the top of the 10th inning.
Klein finished 2-for-6 at the plate with two runs and three RBI. Suertefelipe was 2-for-5 with a run while Parker was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. Tanner still had a base hit and scored a run while Allen drove in three runs. Ryan Whiting also contributed offensively in the non-region victory.
Saturday’s scheduled game at Loganville Christian Academy was rained out. May said he hopes the game can be rescheduled at some point.
BCA returned to Region 1-A battles Tuesday against Thomas Jefferson on the road. The Knights recorded a 17-0 win in five innings to remain perfect in region play for 2014.