Covenant Falls In NCCAA Pool Play Baseball

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

 The Covenant baseball team was one out away from winning its inaugural game in the NCCAA World Series. Unfortunately for the Scots, Arizona Christian had other ideas.

ACU's Phil Creecy singled in the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and Trevor Santor followed with a three-run walk-off home run as the Firestorm came back to claim an 8-5 win on day one of the NCCAA World Series.

Covenant falls to 0-1 in pool play. ACU goes to 1-1 after they fell to Olivet Nazarene 9-1 earlier in the day.

On the biggest stage the Scots have ever played on in modern program history, Covenant showed no signs of early nerves and jitters. The Scots scored twice in the top of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead.

Will Cleland began the game with a single to right field, David Lockwood followed and reached on a fielding error on the ACU second baseman, and Scott Gillespie was walked to load the bases with nobody out. Sterling Witt bounced into an RBI fielder's choice allowing Cleland to score and Perry Rigby made it 2-0 with an RBI single to left field.

The Covenant advantage would last until the bottom of the second inning when the Firestorm produced three runs. Joel Thys tripled home a run and later scored himself on a Orrin Sears RBI ground out. Creecy gave ACU a 3-2 edge as he hit a solo home run, his ninth of the season, to right field.

ACU would add to its lead in the fourth as Santor drove in a run with a single to left-center field making it 4-2.

Covenant would respond in a big way, however.

The Scots managed to scratch across two runs, both coming with two outs, in the sixth inning to tie the score. After two were retired to start the frame, Lockwood hit a ground-rule double to left field. Gillespie then worked a walk and Witt came through with a single that plated Lockwood. Rigby knotted the score at 4-4 with a soft single to left field as the Scots came alive in their dugout.

Covenant wasn't done as starter Alhanon Miller worked out of a first and second nobody out jam without allowing a run to score in the bottom of the sixth. The Scots then seized the lead in the top of the seventh.

Paul Phillips was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning and K.C. Simons followed with a single to allow a hustling Phillips to advance to third. Reid Pope lofted a fly ball to left field that was just deep enough to score Phillips from third to give the Scots a 5-4 lead.

But in the bottom of the seventh, ACU rallied. With a runner at first and two outs, Sears singled to put runners at the corners. That brought in Scots relief pitcher Alec Mitchell. Creecy singled and then Santor put the game away with his blast to left field.

Miller started for the Scots and went 6.2 innings allowing six earned runs on eight hits while throwing 111 pitches. The tall right-hander worked into and then out of several jams to keep his team in the game. Mitchell (5-5) is hit with the loss.

Rigby led Covenant's 10-hit attack with a 3-for-4 day driving in a pair of runs. Cleland and Lockwood each contributed two hits and Witt added two RBIs.

ACU reliever Alika Pruett (3-3) is credited with the win as he went the final 1.1 innings. Starter Tanner Tripp surrendered four runs, three earned, on nine hits in 5.2 innings. Santor had four RBIs and two hits for the Firestorm.

On Thursday, Covenant will play fellow Mid-East region member and No. 2 seed Campbellsville at 2 p.m. followed by a tilt with Emmanuel at 5 p.m. Check the schedule page, Facebook, or Twitter with links to live video (pay-per-view) and live stats (free).

Current Pool B Standings:
Campbellsville 1-0
Olivet Nazarene 1-0
Arizona Christian 1-1
Covenant 0-1
Emmanuel 0-1 


Chattanoogan.com Prep Football Picks: Week Nine

Dalton State Women’s Golf Will Play NAIA Fall Preview

The Dalton State Lady Roadrunner Golf Team wraps-up the fall portion of the schedule on Monday and Tuesday by playing some of the best teams from around the country on the host course for next spring’s NAIA National Championships. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Savannah is hosting the NAIA Fall Preview on the course at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)

Chairs Cost How Much?

Many times while growing up, I would go to the store with my parents. More often than not, I would see something I wanted, and ask my parents to buy it for me. More often than not, they said no. “Why?” I asked. “Son, money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s a phrase I’m sure many of us have heard more than once over the course of our lives. However, I have since learned that they were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Pete Carroll’s Philosophy

Pete Carroll, the head football coach of the Seattle Seahawks, has a deep belief that he can change people by simply listening to them and then making suggestions on how they can get what they really want. If the people Carroll who can influence win, Carroll wins, and remember his team won last year’s Super Bowl with his methods.   When asked for example, here is what ... (click for more)