Good week for Warriors: 4-1 in tourney play

Christian Academy of Knoxville’s baseball team had a good week recently at the 5 Star Preps/Scott Dean Memorial Tournament. 

The Warriors went 4 to 1, the lone loss coming on Thursday, April 14, to Bearden High School, 6 to 5. The four wins were by a combined 34 to 9. 

“We pitched well, played good defense,” CAK skipper Tommy Pharr said. “I think our guys played hard. They have a great desire to be good.”

Wednesday, April 13, CAK beat Thomas Worthington High School of Columbus, Ohio, 11 to 1. Sam Cecil’s five RBI led five runs in the first. Wes Alig hit a solo home run in the inning. 

Simon Tesh got the win, giving up three hits and one run in five innings.

“We swung the bats well and played well,” Pharr said. “Good way to start our week.” 

Against Bearden, CAK led 3 to 0 after one but trailed 5 to 3 after three. Aaron Bobo gave up all six runs on four hits over five innings, striking out three. Evan Cage homered for the Warriors.

“Good game,” Pharr said. “Back and forth. I didn’t feel like we played great. We had a chance to tie it up but didn’t get it done.”

CAK’s bats came alive Friday, April 16, against Walker Valley High School of Cleveland, Tennessee, as the Warriors won 15 to 5. Tied at five after three, CAK blew it open with 10 runs over the next two innings, triggering the run rule.

Jeremy Crider went 4 to 5 for the Warriors, and multiple players drove in runs. Luke Jones picked up the victory, giving up four hits and two runs in three and a third innings.

“It was close,” Pharr said. “I think they ran out of pitching. You never know where everybody is in their pitching depth.”

The first of two Saturday, April 16, games was a 6 to 2 win over David Crocket High School for the Warriors. A three-run sixth put the game away. Crider and Cage had RBIs in the inning, and Alig hit a solo homer in the fourth. 

Caleb Knutsen got the win, giving up four hits and two runs over five innings with five strikeouts.

The Warriors finished off

the tourney with a 2 to 1 win over McMinn County. Cage’s walk scored the winning

run in the fifth, breaking a one-all tie. 

Josh Price gave up only one run on five hits in five innings to earn the win. 

“In both those games (Crockett, McMinn) our pitching was pretty solid,” Pharr said. “We squeaked it out there against McMinn.”