The Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team took care of business in the opening round of the GISA Class A playoff but the Knights realize tougher opponents await.
BCA (16-6 overall) swept visiting Twiggs Academy 10-0 and 15-0 in a first round series. P.J. Klein and Caleb Hopkins both pitched complete games as the Knights move into the quarterfinals.
“Our pitchers did a good job,” BCA coach Colby May said. “We only threw two pitchers in this series and we have several guys we can pitch. We do need to set the tone to get better in terms of scoring runs early. We can’t take any team for granted. You have to go all out from the start.”
BCA jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the second inning of the opening game but were not able to score in the third or fourth innings. Klein earned the win recording eight strikeouts.
The Knights, who were the designated visiting team in the second half of Friday’s doubleheader, scored runs in the top of the first to take early control. BCA scored two more in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth for a 15-0 win.
Hopkins recorded seven strikeouts in five innings of work in game two and allowed just two hits.
The Knights are still undefeated this season against teams in Class A. BCA lost its final game of the regular season to Class AAA Loganville Christian Academy, which was a No. 1 seed for its playoffs.
“That game really helped us even though we lost,” May said. “You always get better by playing strong opponents.”
Up next for the Knights will be Fullington Academy in a quarterfinal series.
A doubleheader is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. A third game, if necessary, will be Saturday.
BCA athletic director Mark Barth said the series will begin Thursday instead of Friday due to Fullington holding its graduation May 16.
In an unusual playoff bracket setup, the Trojans had a second round bye despite being the No. 2 seed from Region 3-A.