Eagles blast Pats at McLawhorn

Published 9:05 am Thursday, April 9, 2015

LASKER – Bethel Assembly Christian Academy put 16 runs on the board in the first inning and never looked back from there; going on to best Cornerstone Christian School 22-3 in just a three-inning game here on the first day of action in the Sgt. Will McLawhorn Scholarship Baseball Tournament Tuesday night.

Paul Northcott opened Bethel’s scoring with a single to center field and scored on a Daniel Castello RBI triple to right field.  Castello scored on a wild pitch.  Trent Davidson then drew a walk, stole second, and scored on a Chandler Cullipher RBI single to left. Alex Lanier and Loftin Lassiter then walked to load the bases.  Colton Hoggard followed and delivered a two-run single.  Joshua Bunch then singled to load the bases.  After Lassiter scored on a wild pitch, Kyle Cullipher walked to load the bases again.  Northcott then hit an inside-the-park grand-slam home run that made the score, 10-0.  Lanier, Hoggard, Bunch, Kyle Cullipher, Northcott, and Castello then each followed with RBI singles. The Eagles batted around twice in the inning and after one complete Bethel led the ball game, 16-0.

Cornerstone got the goose-egg off the scoreboard with a run in the top of the second inning, but back came Bethel with six more runs in the bottom of the second.

Hoggard and Bunch had RBI singles, Northcott had an RBI groundout, Nathan Askew had an RBI single and Brandon Ball had a two-run single.  The Eagles batted around again and had a 22-1 lead after just two innings of play.

Cornerstone crept back with two runs in the top of the third, but a strikeout ended the game after just two-and-a-half innings thanks to the 15-run rule, making it a 22-3 final.

Davidson pitched two innings for Bethel allowing a run on no hits with six strikeouts.  Ball pitched an inning allowing two runs on a hit and he had one strikeout.

In all, Bethel had 20 hits.  Northcott, Castello, Bunch, and Hoggard each had three hits.  Askew, Lanier, and Lassiter had two hits apiece, with solo hits from Kyle Cullipher and Chandler Cullipher.

Bethel plays Northeast Academy today (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. for the championship.  Northampton County plays Cornerstone at 4 p.m. for third-place.