Robert Hayes spent his freshman and sophomore years waiting patiently in the wings at Columbus State University. But next season, the 2013 Commerce High School graduate is ready to get out of the bullpen, and into the frying pan.
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The postseason magic for the Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team ran out Sunday evening.
The Knights dropped a deciding game three in a rare Sunday afternoon game 8-6 in the GISA Class AAA semifinals. The Knights, who finish the 2015 season 22-12-1, led 5-0 after three innings, but could not hold that lead. The Valiants would rebound to score five runs in the top of the fourth and then took the lead in the top of the fifth. Valwood scored two key insurance runs in the top of the sixth on a two-run homer.
“We battled, but it just didn’t fall our way,” said BCA coach Colby May. “We did the things we need to do in order to win. We had a big inning offensively, our pitchers battled and we continued to scrap until the end. It just didn’t happen for us this time.”
BCA scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and had the bases loaded with one out, but the Knights would hit into a double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, BCA threatened again by putting runners on first and second with one out. With the potential game-winning and series-winning run at the plate, the Knights once again saw a possible rally attempt end with a double play turned by the Valwood defense. [Full Story »]