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Baseball: Riverdale Baptist outlasts Avalon


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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Chase Brewis slides Saturday, March 16, as the Riverdale Baptist Crusaders took on Avalon in the Champions Classic Tournament. Brewis was named player of the game.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Chase Brewis slides Saturday, March 16, as the Riverdale Baptist Crusaders took on Avalon in the Champions Classic Tournament. Brewis was named player of the game.

Published on: Thursday, March 28, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

The Crusaders handed Avalon its first loss of the season March 16 at Terrill Field in the Champions Classic Tournament.

Riverdale Baptist pitcher Tyler Bloom had some control issues early on and walked the first two batters, but the Crusaders quickly jumped to a 4-1 lead as their bats came alive.

Chase Brewis earned player of the game honors by scoring three runs, having an RBI, and going 2-2 at the plate. Brewis has been a bright spot for this team all year, and he is currently batting over .600 this season.

“Coach Duffy always has a comeback group. ... You know, they got up three and then you knew they would come back, it was a sloppy game and they gave us some different looks,” Riverdale Baptist head coach Terry Terrill said. “Defensively, I thought we did very well though, and we do have good team speed.”

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Riverdale Baptist pitcher Tyler Bloom earns his second win of the season against Avalon.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Riverdale Baptist pitcher Tyler Bloom earns his second win of the season against Avalon.

Bloom asserted himself later in the game and earned the win with a pitch count of 73. He had seven strike outs on his five inning outing. He also accounted for a hit at the plate. Terrill was impressed with the pitcher’s showing, but Terrill is working on getting Bloom to throw a complete game.

Avalon made a slow comeback with a two-run sixth inning, but Brewis came in to relieve Bloom and shut the door. Brewis struck out four batters and only allowed one run in two innings.

“We had an off day, but we pulled it together as a team,” junior Andrew Sharpe said. “We have a really good team and we have really good team chemistry, so I think we should have a good year. We knew going into the game that they were a good team, but I also knew that we had the pitching to take it from there.”

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