Bethlehem Christian Academy and Fullington Academy will go at it one more time Monday with a trip to the state semifinals on the line.
The Knights (17-7) and Trojans (14-5) split their doubleheader Saturday forcing a third and deciding game. BCA rallied to win the opener 4-3 before Fullington rallied for a 4-3 win in the nightcap in the GISA Class A state playoffs.
In the first game Saturday, BCA found itself down 2-0 after Fullington pushed a run across in both the top of the first and top of the second.
That lead held up until the Knights scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, both as a result of a two-out rally. Brad Toxen walked with two outs followed by a single by Ryan Whiting. Jacob Parker then delivered an infield single to load the bases.
An infield hit by Brady Stewart allowed two runs to score. P.J. Klein then reached on an error to load the bases again but BCA would leave three runners stranded.
In the bottom of the sixth innings, BCA took its first lead after Whiting had a leadoff single and Stewart later walked with one out. Klein put down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with two outs. A two-run single by Jacob Walls brought Whiting and Stewart home and gave the Knights their first lead of the day.
Fullington pushed one run across in the top of the seventh but could not even the score.
Klein went the distance for coach Colby May striking out 12 batters while scattering six hits. He also walked four batters.
Braden Shealy was the tough luck losing pitcher for the Trojans pitching six innings and allowed seven hits while striking out three and walking three.
Leading the series 1-0, BCA appeared primed to close the quarterfinal round out in game two. BCA was the designated home team and scored three runs in the top of the first.
Klein had a leadoff walk and proceeded to steal second. He ended up at third on the throw during the steal.
Walls then walk and also stole second. An infield hit by Luke Allen allowed Klein to score. Dakota Parten stole second after he was called on as a courtesy runner for Allen.
Jacob Fincher, who was the starting pitcher for game two, had an infield hit to score Walls. Toxen then earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly to bring Parten home.
The turning point in game two came in the top of the second inning. Parker had a long single after he just missed a homerun. Stewart then continued his solid series with an infield hit.
Parker and Stewart would eventually be in scoring position with no outs, however, Fullington pitcher Ty Tyndal held the Knights scoreless and, as a result, kept his team in the game.
After Parker and Stewart reached in the second inning, the BCA bats went ice cold. Fullington’s Tyndal put down the next 18 batters in order.
The Trojans scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, BCA called on Caleb Hopkins to work in relief.
Hopkins got out of the fifth inning but could not escape the sixth as Fullington had a two-run hit by Cal Willard with two outs.
BCA went in order in the top of the seventh and a third game was now necessary.
Monday’s game with be at 4:30 p.m. at Knights Field. The winner of the series will travel to Robert Toombs for the semifinals.
Crisp Academy and David Emanuel are set for the other semifinal series later this week.
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