Battling injuries, Warrior Baseball splits games

Second baseman Jack Swenson put the ball in play during the Warriors' home game against Liberty Classical May 5.

Working through losing two players to concussions over a week’s span, the Cambridge Christian baseball club split games in back-to-back dates last week. The Warriors are now 8-3 on the season.

Aiming for a sweep against Liberty Classical this season, the Warriors had a flat day when the visitors prevailed 11-7 May 5. CCS had the early lead in the game when Charlie Swenson singled to lead off the second, stole second and later scored on Alex Moses’ groundout to make it 3-1.

LCA put up three two-out runs in the top of the third to move ahead, but the Warriors tied it in the bottom of the inning when Peter Maring and Grant Taylor drew walks, then Maring stole third and came home when the ball sailed into left field.

An error at third, six walks and three key hits turned into a seven-run fourth inning for Liberty as they regained the lead. James McLean (1 1/3 innings) and Grant Taylor (2 innings) came on in relief for CCS to keep the lead from rising further.

The Warriors had a rally spark in the bottom of the seventh when they plated three runs. They had runners on second and third with two outs when Jake Bergman’s line drive up the middle was snared by the LCA second-bagger with a snow-cone catch.

“We were pretty disappointed in that game because we had been playing so well in our previous games,” said CCS Coach Jerry Moses. “It’s just been frustrating working with a short lineup because of the injuries.”

CCS 8, Northlakes 6

The Warriors answered back with an 8-6 road win at Northlakes Academy on May 6. Moses pitched six strong innings on three-days rest, leaving the game with an 8-3 lead. Taylor came in and threw well in the seventh, but a couple shaky defensive plays allowed Northland to pull within two runs. They had runners on second and third with their best hitter at the plate when catcher Alex Lecceardone chased down a wild pitch and gunned down the would-be scorer at the plate with Taylor covering.

Lecceardone earlier in the game saved another run when he threw out a base stealer at third.

• On May 14, senior-laden Woodcrest beat CCS 14-4 in five innings. Moses and Lecceardone hit consecutive run-scoring doubles. Lecceardone also pitched three good innings in relief.