Heritage Christian Academy beat a pair of opponents Tuesday in advancing to the KCAA State Baseball Semifinals. The Warriors beat Cornerstone Christian 14-2 and the rain in a contest moved to University Heights Academy across town.
HCA scored a run in every inning but broke the game open with a seven-run third inning. Josh Jones got the scoring going in the first inning with an RBI single.
Eighth grader Trenton Hayes began his big day in the second inning when his double to right field plated three Warrior runners for a 4-0 HCA lead.
Cornerstone, located in Shelbyville, answered with a run in the third inning before HCA put the game away with their big inning. Caleb Jones scored a run on an infield single. Weston Powell and Calvin Floyd brought home runs with bases loaded walks. Hayes was hit by a pitch for his fourth RBI of the game. Two more HCA runs scored on a Cornerstone error before Josh Jones ended the carnage with an RBI single.
Hayes capped off his six-RBI day with a two-run single to right field to push the Warrior lead to 13-2. Weslee Choate ended the game with a mercy rule single to left field.
Calvin Floyd picked up the pitching win, allowing one earned run and three hits in three innings. He struck out five and didn’t walk anyone.
The win moves HCA (20-4) into their first state semifinal in three seasons. They will play Thursday night in the semifinals at Asbury University, looking to advance to their first state championship game in four years.