Valentine's Day Baseball: Paladins Down 5A Fayette County, 18-1; Sweep Doubleheader
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team pounded out 22 hits in a doubleheader sweep of a 5A opponent. It was the team's first two games of the regular season.
"We absolutely hammered the baseball today," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "We challenged our guys after the scrimmage to attack the middle of the field and they did exactly that. Pitchers filled up the zone and our defense played strong through some tough conditions. I love every second I get with these guys and thankful for my coaches for helping our boys grow."
The Paladins (2-0 overall) claimed the second game over Fayette County High School, 18-1, in a four-inning contest played in Fayetteville on Feb. 14.
Fellowship collected 11 hits as a team, including four players with multiple-high games. Junior David Bishop led the way with three hits. Freshman Cooper Davidson, junior Luke Schmidt and senior Preston Joye each collected two hits.
Junior Garrett Hauenstein, Bishop and Joye drove home three runs apiece.
Freshman Jack Rickheim, Schmidt, Cooper Davidson and junior Andrew Davidson earned one RBI each.
Sophomore Thomas Bourne started the game on the mound. He allowed one hit and one run, struck out one and picked up the win. Junior Noah Goss threw one inning in relief.
The Paladins scored 11 runs in the first inning, added three in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth.
On Feb. 14, the Paladins pounded out 11 hits in a 15-0 game one victory called after three innings.
A total of nine players notched at least one hit for Fellowship, which scored one run in the first inning and played 14 runs in the third.
Joye led FCS with three RBIs, collected two hits and also tossed the complete-game win on the mound. Joye allowed just one hit and struck out five in three innings.
Andrew Davidson collected two hits, and had one RBI. Cooper Davidson and junior Matson Grose both drove in two runs. Rickheim, juniors Jonthan Morris and Luke Schmidt, and senior Brandon Reeves all earned one RBI.
(File photo of head coach Shawn Oliver)