The Heritage Christian Warriors withstood a late game rally to pick up a win on the road Saturday. The Warriors edged out Riverside Christian Academy 9-8. The Warriors led the game going into the bottom of the 6th inning 9-3, and saw Riverside plate 5 runs to cut the lead to 9-8, but HCA was able to hold on for the one run win.
HCA got the offense rolling quickly, scoring two runs in the first and three more runs in the top of the second to take an early 5-0 lead. Weston Powell had an RBI double in the first, while David Jent had an RBI single. Powell came up with another big hit in the second, driving in two runs with a single to right field.
Riverside scored two runs in their half of the 2nd inning to cut the lead to 5-2.
Weston Powell came up big again in the top of the 4th for HCA. Powell drove in two runs with a double and then later scored on a wild pitch, as the lead grew to 9-2 for the Warriors.
Riverside scratched out a run to trim the lead to 9-3 in the bottom of the inning.
Riverside took advantage of three walks, a Heritage error, and a double to score five runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. David Jent came in to pitch and got a big strikeout to finish the inning.
Riverside threatened in the 7th, loading the bases with two outs, but Elijah Britton entered the game on the mound for the Warriors and got a strikeout to close out the game.
Weston Powell went 3-4 on the day, with two doubles, five RBIS, and two runs scored. David Jent finished the game 2-3, with an RBI and a run scored.
On the mound, Trenton Hayes picked up the win, going 3 1/3, giving up 2 earned runs, on three hits, striking out five and walking five. Elijah Britton snagged the save, pitching one inning, giving up no runs on one hit, and striking out one.