Class 1A baseball championship: Evangel vs. Calvary
Calvary scores two runs to cut it to 11-2. If the 10-run rule is in effect for playoff games, that avoids an early ending. Zeigler doubled to score the runs.
Calvary keeps Evangel from scoring to stay alive in the game.
Evangel has scored two more runs and leads 11-0. The game got ugly for a minute when Evangel right fielder Bo Atkins was thrown out following an altercation with Calvary first baseman Randy Zeigler. Cavs catcher Nick Rome, in trying to throw Atkins out at first, hit him in the back with the baseball. After Atkins collided with Zeigler, Atkins appeared to throw him to the ground. The closest umpire wasted no time in throwing out, but Atkins seemed to take his time leaving the field and dugout, turning and talking about something all the way.
Evangel scores a run on a bunt by Michael Powers when Calvary pitcher Randy Zeigler couldn't come up with the ball. However, it was a good bunt, and I think the scorer is wrong to give an errors. In fact, I'm more certain the error on RF Derek Blankenship was wrong as Blankenship was chugging to try to make a catch in the gap of a Ragan Baker single. I'm not a baseball expert, but these are high school players and I suspect the scorer scores the Aces games (minor league Alexandria team).
Kade Garlington doubles to score two runs. Dez Duron sacrifices to score another. Tanner Taunton doubles to score another, and it's 9-0, Evangel.
Calvary gets nothing in the first or second inning though Derek Blankenship reached third. Evangel still leads, 4-0, after two complete innings. Khiry Cooper tripled with two outs in the top of the third but is also stranded.
Evangel has virtually no depth as its baseball numbers shrink, but the Eagles have something Calvary doesn't have: key, tested seniors. Players like Jeff Hulett, Dan Kreamer and Chase Jennings will make a big difference today for Evangel.
After a rough time signing on to the blog site -- computers are lovely -- I can predict a strong first inning for Evangel. That's because it's over, and maybe the game is. A Michael Powers two-run homer included, Evangel took a 4-0 lead after one.