Baylor 13, CCS 1. The defending state champion Baylor baseball team, stuck inside for weeks due to a flooded field, got the soggy season off to a hot start with a 13-1 win at Chattanooga Christian Monday. While Baylor batters were pounding out 12 hits and producing 13 runs, three Raider pitchers combined for a one-hitter and struck out 14.
Newcomer lefty Colin Ahearn was the winning pitcher, working three hitless innings and striking out seven. He was relieved by senior righthander Greyson Linderman who pitched two innings and fanned all six batters he faced. Gage Johnson worked the final inning.
Cooper Kinney had the highlight at the plate, hitting a solo homer in his first at bat of the season. Linderman, who was perfect on the mound, was also a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI; Danny Corona and Ivan Reap had two hits and an RBI each; Ahearn had one hit and two RBI; Gehrig Ebel, Christian Martin, and Jay Dill had a hit and an RBI apiece; and Nick Kurtz had a hit.
Baylor, 1-0, hosts Lipscomb Academy in the first region series of the year Thursday and Friday, with two games on Friday. All three games will be played at McCallie due to the Etter Baseball Complex being flooded.
photos by Robin Rudd, timesfreepress.com
Baylor JV 9, CCS 1. In JV action, Baylor beat Chattanooga Christian 9-1. Jacob Smith pitched five innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out eight. Ty Vaughn closed the deal with two strikeouts.
Offensive standouts for the Raiders included Kye Songer, Gaston Carmichael, Hunter Herndon, Eli Sparkman, Carson Yates, and Ethan Wright.
Baylor JV, 1-0, plays a doubleheader at McCallie Wednesday.