It wasn’t easy but the Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team managed to remain perfect in region play this spring.
The Knights rallied for a 4-2 win against visiting Dominion Christian Tuesday as senior P.J. Klein delivered a strong outing on the pitcher’s mound. Klein went the distance Tuesday recording eight strikeouts while allowing just two hits and one walk.
It was Dominion, however, that held a 2-0 lead after the fourth inning on the strength of a two-run homer by catcher Andrew Giles. BCA managed one run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Klein delivered an RBI to score Brady Stewart, who had previously reached base on an infield single. Klein was later picked off second base to end the Knights’ chance to perhaps tie the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, BCA broke through with three runs in what turned out to be somewhat of a wild inning that saw Dominion’s starting pitcher C.J. Copeland and his coach ejected.
Jacob Parker had a leadoff single to start the rally. Aaron Clifford was called on as a pinch runner and advanced to second on an infield single by Jacob Fincher.
Tanner Still then reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and third with one out. Another infield single, this time by Michael Tuscano, scored Clifford. Ryan Whiting then singled which brought Still home and gave BCA the lead at 3-2. At that point, the home plate umpire ejected Copeland for arguing a call and his head coach was the next to be ejected.
The Knights added one final run when Stewart reached first allowing Tuscano to score.
“It was just a good win for us,” said BCA coach Colby May. “Winning games like this will help us down the road. P.J. had a great game. He really gave up one pitch which went for the home run.”
Klein put Dominion down in order in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings. He allowed a two-out walk in the top of the seventh, his only of the game, but the visiting Knights could not extend the game.
May said neither he nor his team got caught in the events which saw an opposing player and coach ejected.
“We just focus on what we need to do,” he said.
BCA will travel to Loganville Christian School Friday in another GISA Region 1-AAA game.