Resiliency is not a bad trait for an athletic team to have. And the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy baseball team showed some serious fight March 30 in a 3-2 victory over Deerfield (Ill.) at Louisville, Kentucky.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Royals took advantage of a pitching change by scoring three runs, the last two on a single by junior Josh Thacker.
"The new pitcher was a little bit wild and we were able to jump on him," said CVCA head coach Jason Herblet.
Also with singles were junior Drew Wilson, sophomore Taylor Sobiech and junior Matt Henning. Sobiech also scored a run and stole a base. Henning scored a run, too.
Senior Chris Fair stole two bases and scored a run, and sophomore Josh Junko swiped a bag.
Wilson started on the mound and went the first five innings. He allowed three hits, had six strikeouts and walked two. Sobiech relieved him in the sixth inning and gave up a hit and fanned one.
Four days later, on April 3, CVCA opened Principals' Athletic Conference play with an 8-3 victory at Wooster Triway.
The Royals gave senior starter Steven Taylor a nice four-run cushion in the first inning.
The Titans scored a run in each of the first three innings, but Taylor settled down.
"As the game went on, Steven just got stronger and stronger," Herblet said. "He struck out the side in the sixth inning."
Wilson came on in the bottom of the sixth and, like Taylor, was given a four-run cushion as the CVCA hitters hung up another four-spot in the top of the frame.
Taylor scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked two, and Wilson fanned three and walked one.
Fair had three singles and an RBI and scored two runs.
Taylor doubled, singled twice and scored a run.
Thacker singled, knocked home three runs and scored a run.
Sobiech singled, had an RBI and scored a run.
Junko singled and scored a run, while senior Matt Miller had an RBI.
Wilson walked twice and scored a run, Henning scored a run and junior Dylan Nichols walked three times and stole a base.
On April 5, the same two teams tangled at Triway, but CVCA, whose field was too wet, was officially the home team.
In one of the most memorable pitching duals in recent history, CVCA lost 2-0 in 11 innings.
Wilson started and went 8 innings, yielding just 4 hits and striking out 11. Even better was Triway's Chance Lomas, who started and went 10 innings, giving up only 3 hits and fanning 16.
Henning pitched the last three innings for CVCA. He gave up the two runs, allowed two hits, struck out four and walked four. He was credited with the loss.
CVCA was limited to four singles, one each by Taylor, Wilson, Fair and senior James Hancock.
CVCA took a 2-2 overall record and a 1-1 PAC mark into a game April 7 at conference rival Tuscarawas Valley, but the result was not available at press time.
The Royals are scheduled to play at Manchester April 10 and then host Manchester two days later on April 12. They are scheduled to host non-conference foe Canal Fulton Northwest April 13. First pitch for all three games is set for 5 p.m.