Baylor 3, Christian Brothers 0. Baylor will play for a back-to-back state baseball championship Thursday, shutting out Christian Brothers 3-0 in the semifinal round Wednesday. The top five batters in the Raiders' lineup went 11-for-17 and knocked in all three runs while pitchers Nick Kurtz and Greyson Linderman combined for Baylor's second shutout in the two tournament games.
Danny Corona was 3-for-4 and scored two runs, one on a bases-loaded walk to Kurtz in the first inning and the second on a single by Christian Martin, who finished perfect at 3-for-3, in the second. Cooper Kinney had two hits and scored Baylor's third run when Kurtz beat out a double play ball, also in the second inning. Gehrig Ebel was 2-for-4 and Kurtz had a hit to round out the first five batter's performances. Stan King also singled for the Raiders.
Kurtz earned the win with a strong start, allowing five hits and striking out four in four inning, before giving way to Linderman, who gave up two hits and fanned four in the final three frames.
Baylor, 26-6, will play Christian Brothers again at 1:30 ET on Thursday at MTSU, this time for the state championship. CBHS beat Ensworth in the losers' bracket final Wednesday night. A Baylor loss would force a double-elimination "if necessary" game Thursday at 6:00 ET.