The diamond boys of First Presbyterian Christian Academy shut out Memorial Day, 5-0, Tuesday in a non-region baseball game in Savannah.
The Highlanders’ Jake Lee pitched six complete innings getting the win. Phillip Swindell closed the game for FPCA. Lee struck out six and walked one and Swindell struck out three batters in the final inning.
Lee, Ricky Gilliard and Matt Lormis each had an RBI in the victory.
The Highlanders are 2-4-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Georgia Independent School Association’s Region 2-AA.
Highlander coach Bruce Green said the boys have made strides in the past few games and credits their progress to methodical practice sessions.
“In the beginning, we were not fundamentally sound. We practice at a very slow pace, allowing the players to focus on the fundamentals,” he said. “First, we focused on swinging the bat, making the hits and offense. Then we worked on defense, but it’s at a slow pace and they sometimes get frustrated, but it has given them focus and that is the key to their recent success — focus.”
Green said the GISA also rendered its final decision regarding last Friday’s Region 2-AA matchup at Toombs Christian Academy that resulted in a 7-7 tie. Officials had to delay the game for lightning and later called the game due to lack of sunlight. Green said he thought they would play a tiebreaker, if needed, to determine region play seeds at the end of the season.
Instead, he said he received a phone call Tuesday from GISA officials, who said the game would pick up April 19 in Lyons where it left off at the top of the extra inning.
Once a winner is determined, the teams will re-group and play their regular game.
The FPCA boys were scheduled to play Ludowici’s Faith Baptist Christian Crusaders Thursday in a non-region game.
Green said he had three players that were going to miss the game, “But we still have to play and be ready,” he said.
FPCA will have a week off before playing FBCA April 10 in a rematch at the Crusaders’ home field.