Wilmington Christian Academy benefited from Faith Christian Academy’s errors and cruised to a 12-3 victory on Tuesday afternoon. The loss drops Faith Christian to 5-3 overall, while Wilmington Christian improved its record to 5-3 overall.
The game started well for the Faith Christian Conquerors, who had scored at least six runs in every game this season; Jackson Freeman hit an RBI single to give the Conquerors an early 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, for the Conquerors, it was all downhill from there. In the top of the second inning, the Patriots’ Zane Bloom hit a two-RBI double that gave Wilmington Christian a 2-1 lead.
Faith Christian was unable to respond, and in the top of the third inning, Wilmington Christian scored five more runs to take a 7-1 lead. Now down six runs, the Conquerors attempted to rally, but the Conquerors only managed to get two runners on base in the third and fourth innings.
Two of Wilmington Christian’s 12 runs were earned, and the Conquerors committed nine errors in the game.
“We gave up too many runs,” Faith Christian assitant coach Glenn House said. “We made nine errors, and you’re not going to beat anybody when you make that many errors. I always preach you make the plays you’re supposed to make, make a you few you aren’t supposed to make, and you’re going to be in every ball game.
“We didn’t make those routine plays, and it cost us, but the kids did stick around and fight. They fought till the end, and that’s all you can really ask for.”
Before being pulled for reaching the pitch count, Faith Christian pitcher – Daniel Thompson – limited the Patriots to nine hits, threw for eight strikeouts, and gave up only two earned runs in six and two-thirds innings of work.
The Patriots added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 10-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Brett Baumgartner hit an RBI single to make it a 10-2 game, but the Conquerors were unable to get any closer.
In the top of the seventh inning, Wilmington Christian scored two more runs. Now down 10 runs, the Conquerors were down to their last three outs. Cooper Voeller scored a run to take the lead down to 12-3, but Patriots’ pitcher Andrew Roberts struck out Thompson to end the game.
“We’re going to regroup and come back at it in the next ball game,” House said. “You always learn from a loss, you don’t like to learn too many times from a loss, but the kids know now if you don’t make the routine plays, you aren’t going win too many ball games, but we’re going to be fine.”
Despite the loss on the field, the Conquerors won off the field when Bryson Brock, who was injured in Faith Christians’ previous game against Wilmington Christian on March 15 returned to the sideline to cheer on his teammates.
“He’s a good kid, and we really feel for the family,” House said. “He’s been an inspiration to us, and it was really good to see him out here considering what he’s been through.”
Faith Christian next travels to Bethel Christian Academy on Monday, April 8. First pitch is at 4:30 p.m.