The Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team has not lost to a team in Class A this season.
On paper, however, the Knights (19-2) will face their toughest challenge within their own classificiaton in the GISA when they host defending state champion Crisp Academy beginning Friday in a best-of-three semifinal series. A doubleheader will begin Friday at 2 p.m. at BCA with a third game, if necessary, Saturday.
The Wildcats from Cordele entered state as the No. 2 seed from Region 3-A. Crisp Academy, ranked third in Class A, swept Westminster 15-0, and 14-0 in the quarterfinals last week.
“I think Bethlehem Christian is a fine team,” said Crisp Academy coach John Penney. “They are going to be tough. We look forward to the series. We have to show up and give it our best effort. We know we are going to face a quality opponent.”
Don’t let the small stature of Bethlehem Christian Academy’s Brady Stewart fool you. Knights coach Nick Pou said Stewart is as strong a defender as anyone on the team. Stewart stepped in last Friday in the quarterfinal series against Randolph Southern and turned in a strong defensive performance. The eighth grader was put into the starting lineup after Chance Spraitlin suffered a concussion and bruise on his brain after being hit in the head during a scrimmage against Nathanael Greene earlier in the week. Photo by Jessica Brown
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