From 2017-2018, Faith Christian Academy won just nine baseball games.
With a 12-2 non-conference victory against Wayne Christian on Thursday afternoon, the Conquerors won their ninth game this season.
“These guys are special in the sense that they’ve stuck together all these years and have never quit,” Faith Christian head coach Justin Smith said. “They’ve played summer ball, gotten lessons, they’ve worked with our assistant coach Stephen Reese, and all that work is coming together.
“They’re playing as confident as they can.”
In the top of the third inning, Daniel Thompson hit an RBI single to get the Conquerors on the board. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Hayden Voeller laid down a bunt that allowed Jackson Freeman to score.
With the bases still loaded, Hunter Hartsell drew a walk to put Faith Christian up 3-0. The Conquerors took a 5-0 lead when Caleb Heath scored off a wild pitch, and Garrett Pendergraft hit an RBI single.
“It’s good to see them execute because the execution gives them the confidence for the next game,” Smith said. “That inning was big for us.”
Faith Christian was unable to score any runs in the top of the fourth inning, and in the bottom of the fourth, Wayne Christian started to battle their way back in the game.
Will White blasted the ball to left field for his third home run of the year.
Then in the bottom of the fifth, Jaxon Bauer scored a run to make it a 5-2 game.
However, Faith Christian broke the game open in the top of the sixth. Hayden Voeller drilled a two-RBI single, while Heath stole home base off a wild pitch.
Silas Hill and Cooper Voeller each hit RBI-singles that added two more runs. With bases once again loaded, Freeman belted an RBI single that put the Conquerors up 12-2.
Now down 10 runs, Wayne Christian had one inning left to mount a comeback, but Cal Reese struck out two of the three batters he faced and shut down any hopes of a comeback.
Reese earned the win on the mound by pitching a complete game and throwing 12 strikeouts.
“It’s great to see these guys play together a whole game, and get behind Cal,” Smith said. “We don’t have a game tomorrow, so we knew we were just going to let Cal finish the game.”
Faith Christian (9-4 overall, 5-3) entertains Hilltop Christian on Monday, while Wayne Christian (6-6, 4-2) travels Greenfield.