Knights strike first in CISAA battle
CHARLOTTE – Providence Day and Charlotte Christian are having magical seasons on the baseball diamond this year, but something had to give when the two teams squared off May 1 at the Chargers’ Murdock Field.
The Knights entered the game 21-7, the Chargers 17-4. Both teams were 8-0 in CISAA play as the two-game series kicked off.
Providence Day’s Justin Murray and Charlotte Christian’s Matthew Silverling both tossed gems with Murray ending up going seven innings and allowing four hits and one run with seven strikeouts. Silverling matched that effort, tossing seven innings and allowing just two hits and an unearned run to go with 12 strikeouts.
The Chargers struck first as Scott Newmark drove in Owen Tappy to give Providence Day a 1-0 lead.
That advantage would hold up until the Knights final at bat in the seventh inning when senior Matthew Haynes solo home run tied the game at 1 and forced extra innings.
After the Knights loaded the bases on Charger reliever John Miralia to open the eighth inning, JT Killen drew a bases loaded walk and Jonathan Jagielski added a sacrifice fly to give Christian a 3-1 lead.
Jagielski then took to the mound and struck out the side in the bottom of the frame to earn the save and give the Knights a one-game lead in the conference standings.
The teams will meet again in the regular season finale on Friday, May 4 at Charlotte Christian.
Mustangs baseball advances to SW4A championship
CHARLOTTE – Myers Park will face Independence for the Southwestern 4A baseball championship after knocking off Butler in the semifinals.
The Mustangs (20-3) got to the tournament’s championship game with a 16-0 win over Garinger on April 30 and then by defeating the Bulldogs 7-3 on May 1.
Wilson Glasgow tossed six innings on the hill for the Mustangs to earn the win, and Will Cordes and Jack Ahlum both added two hits to pace the offense.
The Mustangs faced the Patriots (15-10) at Hickory Ridge on May 3 after South Charlotte Weekly’s press deadline.
Sabres, Panthers play for So. Meck baseball crown
CHARLOTTE – Old rivals South Meck and Providence faced off against each other for the So. Meck 7 championship on May 3, after South Charlotte Weekly’s press deadline.
The Panthers (22-2) got to the title game by knocking off Olympic 4-1 on May 1.
Will Palinkas picked up the win and Ethan Reese got the save for the Panthers, who have won 14 consecutive games since losing by a run to Ardrey Kell on March 27.
The Panthers beat South Meck twice during the regular season, winning 11-6 on March 23 and 2-0 on April 27.
The Sabres (19-7) advanced to the title game by defeating Ardrey Kell 3-1 on May 1.
Thomas Umphlett went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and Andrew Motsinger drove in the other Sabre run.
Alex Fenton scattered four hits over 6.1 innings and struck out seven to earn the win. Greg Hommes shut the door by getting the two final outs to pick up the save.
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