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The Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg defeated Lexington’s Bluegrass Baptist, 11-4, last Thursday at Anderson-Dean Park in Harrodsburg. CAL shut the door early and scored seven runs in the first three innings, to put the game away early.
Chandler Royalty, Brady Sawyer and Ethan Gray all drove in runs during the first inning. Zach Dennis, Sawyer, and Michael Cooper added RBI in the second inning, helping the Rams take the early lead and never look back.
Dennis got the win for Christian Academy, striking out seven. Dennis tossed four innings of shutout ball, and allowed only three hits. Jacob Edwards made his first mound appearance of the year to finish the game.
CAL also hosted Danville Christian earlier in the week, winning another 11-4 decision. Danville got on the board early, scoring three runs, as Royalty struggled early to find his command after the spring break layoff and two rainouts. After CAL scored two runs in the first and one in the second, Royalty helped his own cause by hitting a towering home run over the centerfield fence, giving the Rams the lead for good. Zach Dennis and Brandon Gowan came in to pitch for two innings each, combining with Royalty for seventeen strikeouts for the game. The Rams continued to make good contact at the plate with Michael Cooper leading the way with three hits for the night.
CAL ended the week by sweeping a three-way double-header in Madisonville over Grace Baptist and the Academy of Individual Excellence.
In the first game, CAL and Grace exchanged the lead 5 times before CAL eventually took the lead for good and won 8-4.
Sawyer got the win for CAL, allowing four runs over three innings, striking out six, walking four and giving up two hits. Brandon Gowan came in for the final two innings, holding Grace hitless, allowing no earned runs, walked none and striking out two.
Royalty led the way at the plate, going three for three with two RBI.
In the second game of the doubleheader, CAL jumped all over AIE in the first inning plating 10 runs and adding 5 more over the next two innings. Coach Matt Sawyer quickly began to put his reserves in the game, as CAL maintained a 10-run lead for most of the game.
Dennis got the win, striking out seven, walking five, and allowing six hits.
Coach Sawyer said, “This was a good game for us, as we were able to play all of our younger players and allow them to get some game experience. Our team, from top to bottom, has worked hard, and it shows on the field.”