The Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team found itself close to advancing to another state championship series, but in the end fell two runs short against Valwood in the GISA Class AAA semifinals.
BCA dropped a deciding game three in a rare Sunday afternoon game 8-6. The Knights led 5-0 after three innings but could not hold that lead. The Valiants scored 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.
BCA score 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, BCA threatened again with 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.
Jacob Fincher earned the start in the game third and held Valwood scoreless in the first three innings. Fincher ran into trouble in the top of the fourth, however. By the time BCA got out of the inning, the Valiants had evened the score.
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