Baseball - Middle School
Hunter Grey '10 (Covenant College)
Taylor Fisher '12 (Gardner-Webb University)
Garrett Vaughn '13 (Lenoir Rhyne University)
Taylor Stewart '13 (Lenoir Rhyne University)
Spencer Hutchinson '14 (Cedarville University)
Matt Cotton '14 (Lynchburg College)
Peter Englert '14 (Lenoir-Rhyne University)
Chris Cotton '16 (Washington and Lee University)
Mitchell Cope '17 (Anderson University)
Heath McKay '17 (Anderson University
Ellison Byers '17 (Catawba College)
Eli Ellington '17 (UNC-Charlotte)
Caleb Embry '18 (Lenoir Rhyne University)
Elijah Hunt '18 (Guilford Technical Community College)
Baseball - Middle School
GCMSAA Tournament Recap 4/23-4/27 - Lions Win the Championship!
Rain early in the week put the tournament in jeopardy and ultimately shortened the format to include just the top-four seeds in the tournament. As the #4 seed in the tournament, our boys faced the #1 seed, Charlotte Christian on Tuesday afternoon. The game was highly competitive as the Lions, who had lost to the Knights in two previous meetings this season, stepped up their defense and made consistent plays in the field. Charlotte Christian committed seven errors compared only one for the Lions. Eli Jerzembeck pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and five walks. Andrew Hempe, Carson Dunlap and Tyler Roakes each contributed one hit to the 5-4 victory, setting up a Friday showdown with Holy Trinity.
The Lions had split the first two games of the season with Holy Trinity, but entered the championship game with great energy and confidence. Poor field conditions at Holy Trinity's venue at Independence Park allowed Covenant Day to host the game at Warner Park, under the lights. Our Lions took the lead early and never looked back, taking the victory by a score of 11-5. The team had a tremendous day at the plate, scattering 16 hits over seven innings. Carson Dunlap led the way with four hits and four RBI's, followed by Eli Jerzembeck, Daniel Nelson, Evan Hempe and Tyler Roakes, who all had multiple hits in the game. Noah Rogers, Tanner McCammon and Aidan Myers also recorded hits in the win. Landon Myers came in as a pinch runner and used his speed to cause havoc on the bases and produced runs in both tournament games. Roakes was on the mound for the Lions and went the distance for the win, allowing five runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. It was a wonderful night for the Lions as they celebrated the GCMSAA championship on their home field!
Weekly Recap 4/16-4/20
Our MS Lions played their last two regular-season games this week, as they faced Holy Trinity on Tuesday and Lake Norman Charter on Thursday. In their away game versus Holy Trinity at Independence Park, the team got down early to the Bulldogs in the first two innings, 0-2. Eli Jerzembeck got the start on the mound, and pitched well as he worked on recovering his control and rhythm after being sidelined by injury earlier in the season. Tyler Roakes came in and provided consistent pitching for relief in the final three innings. Daniel Nelson and Tanner McCammon recorded the only two hits for the Lions as the team never recovered from their early deficit and finished the game with a loss.
The team bounced back on Thursday with a win over conference opponent, Lake Norman Charter. Our Lions jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first three innings of play, only to see the Knights knock in three runs to tie the score in the 5th. In the bottom half of the 5th, our guys managed to add three more runs to regain the lead for the Lions. Carson Dunlap started on the mound and pitched extremely well, going 4.1 innings and striking out 5, while allowing 4 hits. Tanner McCammon closed the game in relief, giving up no earned runs on 3 hits, and striking out 2. Big hitters for the Lions were Eli Jerzembeck and Tyler Roakes with two hits each, and Carson Dunlap, Tanner McCammon and Evan Hempe with one hit apiece. The team looks forward to playing in the GCMSAA tournment next week, starting on Monday.
Weekly Recap 4/9-4/13
The MS Lions traveled to Cannon School on Tuesday afternoon to take on the Cougars in a 4:15 game. It was a roller-coaster first inning for the team as they scored three runs in the top half of the inning and then gave up six runs in the bottom half. The Lions took advantage in the second inning and cranked out 13 runs for a huge lead. Will Boyce made his pitching debut for the Lions and helped hold the opponents scoreless for the remainder of the game. Eli Jerzembeck was back in the lineup for the Lions after being out with an injury, and had a good day at the plate with 5 RBI's. Tyler Roakes racked up 4 RBI's and Tanner McCammon, Carson Dunlap and Will boys all had multiple hits for the Lions. The game ended after four innings when the mercy rule was implemented.
On Thursday, our Lions staged a come from behind victory to defeat Providence Day, 7-4. Tyler Roakes started on the mound and helped the team keep the score close despite an early 2-4 deficit at the end of five innings. The Lions scored five runs in the bottom half of the 6th inning as they capitalized on some walks, passed balls and timely hits by Carson Dunlap, Eli Jerzembeck, Daniel Nelson and Evan Hempe. Tyler McCammon came in from the bull pen in the 6th inning as the relief pitcher and held the Chargers scoreless for the rest of the game. Nice catches and tough plays in the field, and a solid performance by Andrew Hempe at the catcher position earned the Lions a great win. Next week, the team takes on Holy Trinity at Independence Park on Tuesday, and then they will host Lake Norman on Thursday at 4:15.
Weekly Recap 4/2-4/6
The Middle School Lions played just one game in the week following the spring break, when they traveled to Charlotte Christian on Thursday, 4/5. Despite their loss to the Knights earlier in the season, our Lions took a positive approach to the game, believing they could win, playing like they belonged and battling to the final inning. The Knights scored in the first inning to take the lead, but our team quickly took their own lead by scoring five runs over the next two innings against Christian's hard-throwing pitcher. The team held the lead for a while, but slowly allowed the opponent to get back into the game and saw the Knights take a 5-6 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning. Our Lions roared back in the top of the 6th to regain a 7-6 lead, but Christian was able to drive in three runs in their half of the inning and held us scoreless in the top of the 7th to close out the game. Tyler Roakes and Tanner McCammon provided excellent pitching, and the Lions hit well from the plate to keep the game competitive. The team will be in action again on Monday, as they travel to Cannon School, and on Thursday when they host Providence Day.
Weekly Recap 3/19-3/23
This week brought rainy conditions and a pair of losses to the MS Lions team. In the Monday matchup with Charlotte Christian, the boys fell behind early and were unable to rally for a comeback. The Lions used three pitchers to battle the Knights from the mound, John Kruger, Aidan Myers and Evan Hempe. Despite their efforts and those of the team, our Lions ended the game with a 1-10 loss.
Tuesday's game with Charlotte Country Day was rained out, so the team set their sights on their Thursday game vs. Charlotte Latin. The game was played under damp, chilly conditions, but the team competed hard despite the weather. Our Lions had the same number of hits and walks as the Hawks, but committed too many errors to keep the score even. The team looks forward to playing after the spring break when they travel to Charlotte Christian on April 5th for a 4:15 game.
Weekly Recap 3/12-3/16
The Lions recorded two narrow wins this week with a 4-3 victory over Holy Trinity, and an 8-7 win vs. Lake Norman. In the Tuesday home game against the Bulldogs of Holy Trinity, our Lions were down 1-3 late in the game. The team implemented some aggressive base-running and used a sacrifice bunt to take advantage of some walks, errors and wild pitches to achieve the one-run advantage. The Lions' pitching was solid throughout the game and key defensive plays late in the game helped seal the victory.
The team traveled to the Huntersville Athletic Park on Friday, 3/16, to take on Lake Norman Charter. After jumping out to an early lead, our Lions fell behind during the middle innings. Our guys battled back to tie up the game and sent it into extra innings. The MS Lions put two runs on the board in the 9th inning to push their tally to 8, and then held Lake Norman to just one run. Timely hitting and good base-running combined with excellent pitching and defense secured the win for the Lions. Coach Smith was very pleased with the team for staying positive and competing well. Next week, the team will face Charlotte Christian on Monday, Charlotte Country Day on Tuesday, and Charlotte Latin on Thursday.
Weekly Recap 3/5-3/9
The MS Baseball Lions fell behind early in their Wednesday afternoon game against the Cannon School Cougars. The team had some opening day jitters but were able to bounce back and pull out their first win, 13-5. Multiple walks and errors by Cannon contributed to the Lions' comeback. CDS pitcher, Tyler Roakes battled from the mound and pitched a great game overall. John Kruger pitched in relief and also threw quite well for his first outing of the season. John Michael Salamone got his first start at 3rd base and handled the spot with confidence. Offensively, the MS Lions had four hits spread out between Carson Dunlap, Andrew Hempe, and Daniel Nelson. Noah Rogers made a tremendous leaping catch to end the game to send the Lions into the dugout with a solid victory.
On Friday, 3/9, the MS Lions traveled to Providence Day for their second conference matchup of the week. The Lions looked more relaxed and confident, which translated into a better approach at the plate, allowing them to put more balls into play. Carson Dunlap took the mound and threw a complete game for the Lions in his second outing with Andrew Hempe at the catcher position. Tyler Roakes played third base and assumed a leadership role on the field while making key plays. Dwight Girard and Evan Hempe both made important plays in the outfield to keep the team in position to take the win, 3-1. Coach Smith was impressed with the defense and with the team's ability to stay positive after errors or strikeouts. Next week the team will take on Holy Trinity and Lake Norman Charter.