WILLIAMSON – The Ambassador Christian Academy (ACA) Eagles lost a hard fought battle on Friday night to the Mount View Knights by a final score of 16-15, at Lefty Hamilton Field.
This game couldn’t have been more back and forth. The Knights began the action with a huge homerun by Deon Diggs in the bottom of the first. Diggs sent one screaming over the left field fence. It was Diggs first home run of the season. The Knights scored three runs in the first thanks to Digg’s two-run homerun.
The Eagles scored two runs by stealing home on wild pitches.
The Knights returned in the second with three runs again after Steven Brown recorded a RBI and Mr. Diggs hit a two-run double.
The Eagles put on a scoring display for the Knights in the top of the second. Raahkim Gray set the tone with a one-run RBI in which he rounded the bases all the way to home for two quick scores. Corey Preece knocked in Chris Muncy on a triple and Chandler Fluty knocked in Preece on a single over the short stops head. Fluty stole second and third, while Skylar Dingess and Austin Chaffin both walked; loading the bases for Isaiah Hackeney. With two outs, Hackeney exceeded under pressure with a one-run RBI which kept the bases loaded.
Marshall Conley put the crowd on their feet with a huge three-run triple into deep left field, Gray had one more RBI and the Eagles produced a eight run inning in the second to make the score 11-6 over the Knights.
Mount View could only produce two runs in the third inning while the Eagles ended the third with three runs making the score 14-8.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Knights came back to tie ACA with a six run inning. Joe Hayes got a walk, right out of the gate and turned that into a score after he stole, second, third, and home on a wild pitch. Mr. Diggs stepped back up to the plate and put a dent in one of the advertising signs in left field that earned him a trip to second base. Elijah Barner hit one deep into left center that got Diggs across the plate.
ACA Head Coach Don Lafferty decided it was time to change things up when he took Chandler Fluty off the mound to put him behind home plate and brought in Gray to take charge from the mound. After a brief warm-up the Eagles were ready to go. The Knights still scored three more runs before the Eagles could get three outs. The score was tied at 14 runs each.
The Eagles managed to get one run in before the Knights could retire the inning. Mount View returned in the bottom of the fifth to take a one run lead by scoring two runs. The Eagles failed to rally and the game was over.
The Eagles used three pitchers against a good team and almost pulled off a win. Fluty recorded two strikeouts, Gray had two strikeouts and Tyler Lafferty closed the game with three strikeouts.
Brown finished all five innings for the Knights with six strikeouts and eight walks.
After the game, Head Coach Don Lafferty said, “I’m proud of how well we fought and played. Mount View is a veteran team with a lot of experience; their pitcher went the whole game and did a good job. Our pitchers did well. We have a lot of young talent so we try to move them around as much as we can to help develop them. Our whole goal here is to just keep improving.”
Scores by innings:
Mount View: 3 3 8 0 2 – 16 12 2
ACA: 2 8 3 2 0 – 15 7 1
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)