Baylor 4, Christian Brothers 2. The Baylor baseball team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 win over Christian Brothers Thursday, earning the team's second consecutive state championship.
Mr. Baseball finalist and starting pitcher Colin Ahearn was stellar in the win, working around five hits, two walks, and a Baylor error while striking out ten in six innings. He gave way to Gage Johnson who allowed a run on a hit and two walks in the seventh before fanning the potential go-ahead run for the final out and the save.
Baylor took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Christian Martin's sacrifice fly scored Ivan Reap, in to run for Gehrig Ebel who walked earlier. Reap had advanced to second when Danny Corona walked, and went to third when Cooper Kinney reached on an error.
The Raiders took control of the game in the fourth with a rally that began with a Kinney single. Martin then doubled and Nick Kurtz walked to load the bases. Ahearn singled to score Kinney, and Taylor Shahan followed with a single to score Martin and Kurtz with what turned out to be the deciding runs. Ahearn and Shahan were both 2-for-3 on the game. There were no extra-base hits for either team.
The championship is the fourth for Baylor, added to titles in 2003, 2006, and 2018. The Raiders finish the season with a 27-6 record.