A back-and-forth varsity baseball game Thursday ended in the bottom of seventh when eighth-grader Zeke Brock of host Cape Fear Christian Academy hit a line drive single into center field that scored Wesley Jackson from second base for an 8-7 win over Liberty Christian.
CFCA (2-1) led 3-1 after the first inning. The score was tied at 4 after five innings and the Knights scored twice in the top of the sixth.
The Eagles answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to lead, 7-6. Seventh-grader River Ennis drew a walk after starting out 0-2 in the count to force home the go-ahead run with the bases loaded.
Liberty tied the score at 7 in the top of the seventh.
Jaden Crumley went 3-for-5 for CFCA. Jackson was 1-for-2 with three walks. Reid Miller was 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs. Brock was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a steal of home.
A.J. McGarvey was 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. David Clearman drew a pair of walks. Ennis was hit by a pitch and walked.
Jackson Bolton made a catch in right field in the third that prevented a big inning.
“It was a good game,” said CFCA coach Marty Priebe. “Both teams played hard. Our pitchers didn’t throw as well as previous games but they battled.”
Brock went four innings. He allowed three hits, three earned runs and six walks while striking out five. Freshman left-hander Reid Miller got the win, pitching the last three innings. He yielded five hits and four earned runs with two walks and f.our strikeouts
The Eagles return to Sandhills Athletic Conference play on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at home against Freedom Christian.
Village Christian was a 9-0 winner in girls soccer at CFCA on Thursday, putting the Eagles at 0-3 in the Sandhills Athletic Conference. CFCA coach Michael Breslin felt his youthful team was competitive until Village’s superior depth began to be a factor.
Ella John Dupree was sidelined as a precaution after hyperextending a knee but is expected to be back when the Eagles host Freedom Christian in a SAC match on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Middle School softball
The CFCA middle school softball team improved to 2-0 with a 16-0 win at Fayetteville Christian on Thursday night. Aubree Bass allowed just two hits.
CFCA hosts a varsity softball game with Halifax Academy on Monday at 4 p.m. Halifax won the 2018 NCISAA 1-A championship and has moved up to 2-A.
There will be a middle school/varsity doubleheader at home against Freedom Christian on Tuesday with the middle school game starting at 3 p.m.