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May 12, 2014

Giants, Warriors fall in tournaments

The Covenant Christian and Ben Davis baseball teams each lost in the respective tournaments that they were in over the weekend.

After defeating Northwest 13-1 in the opening round of the Indianapolis City Tournament, Covenant Christian fell to Scecina 4-3 on Saturday.

“It was a really tight, close game,” Covenant Christian coach Andy Gossel said. “Senior Grayson Prather pitched well for us. He got out of some jams early.”

Scecina took a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the second, but Covenant scored four in the top of the fourth. The demise of the Warriors was due to an error in the bottom of the fourth that led to three unearned runs.

“We had chances in the sixth and the seventh, and just couldn’t finish the back-end of the game out,” Gossel said. “We had runners at first and second, but just couldn’t push across that tying run.”

With a 6-14 record, the Warriors are not where they want to be, but Gossel said they are just now getting healthy.

“We have struggled with consistency this year, and some of that is due to some injuries that we've had,” Gossel said. “We are starting to get a little healthier now. Our No. 1 pitcher is out for the year, but some of the other guys are getting healthy and we are putting things together.”

Ben Davis also added a win in the Marion County Tournament, but also fell in the second game. The Giants defeated Beech Grove 9-2 in the opener, but fell to Southport 5-3 on Saturday.

“We were pretty disappointed,” said Ben Davis coach Aaron Kroll. “I think that the biggest thing is not so much that we played poorly. It was really one of those games where we had nine or 10 hits, we just couldn’t string any together. We just couldn’t get any big hits when we needed them.

"I think the biggest thing that we have learned is that we cannot fall behind early, and we have been doing a lot of that.”

Sean Boswell threw a complete game against Beech Grove in the opener. In the same game, Bailey Alexander hit a home run.

Kroll said that he was also pleased with the effort of CJ Vaughn in each game.

For the Giants, the rest of the regular season is key as sectional play approaches.

“We have quite a few games here down the stretch in the next few weeks, where we will hopefully get better in that time period,” Kroll said. “I don’t think that a whole lot changes from a preparation standpoint. Getting experience from playing games, especially for our young guys, will

 

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