Thursday was a unique day on the diamonds for Cape Fear Christian Academy as the baseball team ended a lengthy losing streak with a 9-7 win over visiting Community Christian and the varsity softball team downed host Village Christian, 14-3, in five innings.
Some of the CFCA baseball players said it had been seven years since the program had won a game. The Eagles did not field a team for a portion of that span.
The softball game was delayed for a few minutes because a flock of geese landed in center field.
The CFCA baseball and softball teams were playing their season openers. The Eagles’ youthful girls soccer team slipped to 0-2 in the Sandhills Athletic Conference with a 9-0 home loss to Northwood Temple.
In baseball, eighth-grader Zeke Brock returned to the mound with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh to get a save with a pair of strikeouts.
Left-hander Reid Miller pitched the first two innings and picked up the win as CFCA scored six runs in the second inning for an 8-4 lead. Brock was on the mound in the third and fourth innings before Wesley Jackson pitched the fifth and sixth. Jackson got the first out in the seventh on a ground out to third.
Trevor McLamb had a two-run double in the first to score Jaden Crumley and Jackson.
David Clearman and River Ennis had hits in the second before Jackson Bolton drew a walk. Brock reached on an error and Crumley doubled. Jackson walked and McLamb delivered his second two-run double.
McLamb circled the bases in the sixth on a drive to right-center, finishing 3-for-4.
“Proud of you guys,” said CFCA coach Marty Priebe. “That was some good hitting.”
Crumley had two hits and played well in center. Jackson got aboard three times on walks. A.J. McGarvey got on base three times, once on catcher’s interference and twice when he was hit by pitches. Ennis also was hit by a pitch.
The Eagles host Village Christian in their SAC opener on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Softball gets bat going
At Village, the Eagles scored five runs in the fifth inning to bring the mercy rule into effect.
Rhyleigh Horne pitched a complete game, allowing three runs in the first inning before shutting out the Knights the rest of the way. Horne was 3-for-3 at the plate.
Kristin Bass 3-3 with a walk. Paige Jeffries started the season with back-to-back doubles, going 3-for-4.
The Eagles totaled 15 hits.
CFCA hosts Village for a softball doubleheader on Tuesday. The middle school matchup starts at 3 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.