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Pasadena-FBCA falls to Bay Area Christian 7-4

March 28, 2019

David Turner, Pasadena-First Baptist Christian Academy’s varsity baseball coach, feels Bay Area Christian is capable of reaching their division’s Final Four.

Tuesday night, the Broncos didn’t do anything to change Turner’s thoughts. But those five FBCA runners stranded in scoring position sure might have gone a long way to changing Turner’s thinking.

Three Bay Area Christian pitchers struck out 12 Warriors and held FBCA’s offense to three hits as the Broncos took over the district’s top spot with a 7-4 victory at Warriors Field.

Trailing 7-1 entering their final at-bat, the Warriors reserved two of their hits for the seventh inning that created the final score as well as the fifth runner stranded in scoring position.

Something else may have changed Turner’s mind. Three FBCA errors led to three unearned runs. Subtract the defensive hiccups and the two teams are deadlocked 4-4 going into extra innings.

“We learned a lot about ourselves today and what direction to improve our game in order to compete against teams like Bay Area Christian,” said Turner.

Jackson Collins was the starting and winning pitcher. Collins went 51/3 innings of one-hit ball, before Myles Anderson and Kaden Hunt teamed up for work in the sixth and seventh frames.

The southpaw-throwing Collins was working on a no-hitter through 42/3 innings before Jake Sweeney broke it up with single off a 3-2 pitch into left field.

What was truly giving FBCA a pulse were the nine Bay Area Christian walks, eight of the free passes arriving in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh frames.

But through six innings just one of the seven walks had made the complete tour of the bases. Those dozen darn strikeouts always seemed to crop up at the worst time. Of the seven innings, Bronco pitching ended five of them with strikeouts.

It wasn’t until Brayden Evans, the FBCA player who drove in six RBIs in the district opener, doubled home the Broncos eighth free pass to first base and Stephen Shaklovitz tripled home the ninth walk along with Evans.

Bay Area Christian’s offense was led by Hunt, the five-hole hitter. He went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Kyler Robertson was 3-for-4 and Jordan Medellin went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

In all, FBCA pitchers Bailey Baird and Josh Towe were roughed up for 12 hits but limited their walks to four.

FBCA gets the bye date next, while Bay Area Christian and Logos Prep battle in the next district game.

ravery@hcnonline.com