2019: GHSA Class A Private School Championships, Elite Eight; Sub-Region Champions
2018: GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships, second round
2012: GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships, first round; Region runner-up (school record 28-8 record)
2009: State playoff appearance
(2020 Team Picture by Edge Photo Studios)
Comeback Kids: Paladins Rally to Defeat King’s Ridge
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team battled back from a 4-0 and 5-2 deficits to pull out the Region victory.
The Paladins (4-0 in Region games and 9-0 overall) kept its win streak alive with a 6-5 victory over King’s Ridge Christian School at Legion Field at Veteran’s Park in Alpharetta on March 12.
King’s Ridge scored two runs in the first and third innings to take a 4-0 lead. After the Paladins cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers extended their lead to 5-2 with a run in the sixth. But Fellowship pulled the game out with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.
“Our boys found a way to win tonight despite all the noise outside the fence,” head coach Shawn Oliver said. “George [Moraitakis] got hit a little early, but dug down and gave us the innings we needed and then Cooper [Davidson] came in a little fired up and gave our bats a chance. Offensively we knew we’d have to battle with Davis [Mortland] on the mound, and we gave him a couple of easy early innings and then we realized our approach needed to flip and started stringing together some QABs and just scratch runs across. I am proud of the fight these boys showed tonight.”
The Paladins collected six hits in the game, including two each from freshman Jack Rickheim and senior Preston Joye.
Freshman Will Phipps and junior Andrew Davidson each drove in two runs, while juniors Matson Grose and Luke Schmidt collected one RBI apiece.
Moraitakis started the game on the mound, and scatted seven hits and allowed five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Cooper Davidson, a freshman reliever, threw the final 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. He allowed just one hit and struck out two.
Paladins Win Again to Keep Win Streak Alive
The varsity baseball team from Fellowship Christian School scored nine runs in the seventh inning and posted a 17-2 win over King's Ridge Christian school in Alpharetta on March 11.
With the victory, the Paladins improved to 8-0 overall. The club is now 3-0 in Region games.
At King’s Ridge, Fellowship scored at least one run in five out of seven innings. The team plated two runs in the first, one in each of the third and fifth innings, four in the sixth and nine in the seventh. The Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh.
Eight different Paladins had at least one hit, while seven players knocked in at least one run. As a team, FCS had 16 hits and collected 15 RBIs.
Junior David Bishop led the Paladins with four hits. Juniors Garrett Hauenstein and Luke Schmidt picked up three hits each, while senior Preston Joye added two hits. Bishop belted a triple, while Joye and freshman Cooper Davidson each had a double.
Hauenstein and junior Andrew Davidson led Fellowship with four RBIs apiece. Joye and Schmidt each knocked in two runs, while Bishop, freshman Will Phipps and senior Brandon Reeves each earned one RBI.
Joye and Bishop both scored three runs.
Junior Noah Goss started and went six innings to pick up the win. He scattered five hits and struck out three over six scoreless innings. Senior Brett Eppinger closed out the game on the mound.
“It was a solid night for us all around,” head coach Shawn Oliver said. “Noah pitched his tail off and allowed time for the offense to explode. We missed a couple of early opportunities to get some extra cushion and we challenged our boys to clean those up and they answered that bell well. It was a solid night of baseball, but we’ve got to remain focused and get back to work. The coaches are proud of these men and we love that we get to be their coaches.”
Break out the Brooms: FCS Beats Walker to Post Doubleheader Sweep
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team completed a doubleheader sweep of The Walker School on March 7.
In Marietta, the Paladins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to post an 8-5 victory in game two of the doubleheader at Walker.
With two victories on March 7, the Paladins improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Region games.
“So thankful for today as our boys came out and they understood the task at hand and we went after it with an intensity that we were the better team and we needed to show it,” head coach Shawn Oliver said. “Our pitchers did well today hitting spots. We had one bad inning [in second game], but we had a bounce back in the next one and then we had some wonderful long relief from Thomas [Bourne] and then a big save from a freshman [Cooper Davidson]. Our defense is something we can definitely hang our hats on as we had some phenomenal plays in the field. Having Preston and David on the left side is a security blanket for our pitchers. I am thankful for another day to be their coach as the Lord has definitely blessed me with some wonderful young men.”
Walker scored four runs in the top half of the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead. But Fellowship scored three runs in the third, two in the fourth and two in the fifth to grab an 8-4 lead. The Wolverines scored one run in the top of the sixth.
Sophomore Thomas Bourne threw three innings in relief to pick up the win. He struck out two, walked three, gave up two hits and allowed just one earned run. Senior Preston Joye started, went three innings and allowed four earned runs. He fanned four.
Freshman Cooper Davidson closed out the game with an inning of scoreless relief in the top half of the seventh inning. He walked one and allowed one hit as he picked up the save.
At the plate, Fellowship collected nine hits in the Region contest. Freshman Jack Rickheim collected three hits, including one double, to lead the Paladins, while Davidson and junior Matson Grose each registered two hits.
Grose, Rickheim, juniors Andrew Davidson and Luke Schmidt, and Joye all drove in one run.
Paladins Open Doubleheader at Walker
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team opened a doubleheader at The Walker School with a victory.
The Paladins, who improved to 6-0 overall, posted an 8-3 win over the Wolverines in Marietta on March 7.
Fellowship pounded out 10 hits in the game, including two apiece from freshman Cooper Davidson, junior Matson Grose and senior Preston Joye.
Junior Luke Schmidt led the way with two RBIs for FCS, which scored two runs in the top of the second inning, one apiece in the third, fourth and fifth innings and three more in the sixth. Walker scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth.
Juniors David Bishop, Andrew Davidson and Garrett Hauenstein each knocked in one run. Cooper Davidson also had one RBI.
Joye smacked a double for Fellowship.
Senior George Moraitakis, who started and went six innings, picked up the win. He struck out four, scattered three hits and allowed just two earned runs. Junior Noah Goss threw the final inning in relief.
Streak Continues: Paladins Beat Model 11-2 for Fifth Straight Victory
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team pounded out 16 hits and scored 11 runs to keep its win streak alive.
Junior David Bishop and senior Preston Joye each collected four hits to lead the 5-0 Paladins to an 11-2 victory over Model High School in Rome on Feb. 28.
“Anytime you can start with a two-bagger [Cooper Davidson] and a bomb [Preston Joye] that sets the tone we want as an offense,” head coach Shawn Oliver said. “Our boys put the pedal down and when Model threatened they answered back with a five spot. The defense was solid as we expect and Thomas did a great job settling in and keeping their hitters off balance. Glad we could finish out of Region play with a solid W. Now it’s time to turn up the intensity as we begin Region play. I am thankful I get to work with these boys another day! I love every minute of it.”
Joye stroked a home run and finished with a team-high four RBIs. Both freshman Cooper Davidson, who had three hits, and Bishop smacked doubles and registered two RBIs.
Junior Garrett Hauenstein finished with two RBIs and one hit, while junior Luke Schmidt scored two runs and had one hit. Joye scored three runs, while both Davidson and Bishop scored twice.
As a team, Fellowship scored three runs in the first inning, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the seventh inning.
Sophomore starter Thomas Bourne picked up the win in five innings of work. He struck out four and allowed one earned run. Junior Noah Goss threw the final two innings.
Win Streak Reaches 4: Paladins Down Maynard Jackson
The red-hot varsity baseball team from Fellowship Christian School has extended its win streak to four games.
The Paladins defeated Maynard Jackson High School of Atlanta at Lakepoint Sports Complex in Emerson on Feb. 26, 13-2. Fellowship scored one run in the bottom of the first, and four each in the second, third and fourth innings of the four-inning non-Region game.
“Bats were hot on this balmy 75° evening,” head coach Shawn Oliver joked following the game played on a cold night. “Top of our order did a ton of damage and the guys behind them were happy to capitalize on the RBIs. We’ve been preaching for our boys to be relentless on offense and when you put up a crooked number every time you get a chance to swing that’s exactly it. George did a good job battling and keeping hitters off balance and once we took our focus away from something that we couldn’t control it makes the game easier.”
The first five hitters in FCS’ lineup pounded out 12 out of the club’s 13 hits and finished with 11 RBIs.
Junior Garrett Hauenstein hit fifth and went 3-for-3 with a team-best four RBIs. He smacked a double. Freshman Cooper Davidson, the lead-off hitter, led the way with four hits, and finished with a triple and one RBI.
Senior Preston Joye batted second and collected three hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs. Juniors David Bishop and Andrew Davidson hit third and fourth in the order, respectively, and finished with one hit and two RBIs each.
Cooper Davidson, Joye and Bishop all scored three runs, while freshman Charlie Chandler and junior Luke Schmidt scored two runs apiece.
On the mound, senior George Moraitakis fanned four batters and allowed just two hits over four shutout innings to earn the win. Senior Brett Eppinger allowed two runs in his inning of relief.
Rickheim’s Single Gives FCS Extra-Inning Victory
Freshman Jack Rickheim’s clutch hit lifted the Fellowship Christian School varsity baseball team to its third victory of the season.
Rickheim’s walk-off single on a 3-0 count plated the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Fellowship defeated AA Model High School of Rome at Lakepoint Sports Complex in Emerson, Ga., 2-1, on Feb. 19. The game was moved up two days from Winchester Field at Paladin Park due to the weather forecast.
The Paladins finished with eight hits in the game. Rickheim, junior Garrett Hauenstein and senior Preston Joye all collected two hits.
Juniors Andrew Davidson and Matson Grose both finished with one hit. Grose and Rickheim each collected a double.
Davidson’s RBI tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Model scored one run in the top half of the first inning.
Junior Noah Goss threw three innings of hitless relief to post the victory. He struck out three and walked just one batter.
Senior starter George Moraitakis scattered five hits over five innings and allowed just one earned run. He fanned five Model batters.
"These kind of games give the ole ball coach some grey hairs in the beard, but I’m so proud of our guys," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "Fighting tooth and nail with a quality program, and finding a way to win the game was huge. George and Noah were absolute dudes on the bump allowing our defense to make plays and give us a chance to win this game. Matson manned up behind the dish and blocked every ball, David had some great plays at third, Luke diving into the RF fence, and Preston is as smooth as butter. Offensively their guy was doing a good job keeping us off balance, we just refused to be an easy out and did the little things. Just an awesome performance by our guys, I love that I get to be their coach, thankful for another day with my Paladins.”
Valentine’s Day Baseball: Paladins Down 5A Fayette County, 18-1; Sweep Varsity Baseball 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.
(File photo of head coach Shawn Oliver)
Fellowship Opens Doubleheader with Victory
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team began a doubleheader at 5A Fayette County High School with a game one win.
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.
Senior Preston 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.
Junior Andrew Davidson collected two hits, and had one RBI. Freshman Cooper Davidson and junior Matson Grose both drove in two runs.
Freshman Jack Rickheim, juniors Jonthan Morris and Luke Schmidt, and senior Brandon Reeves all earned one RBI.