Blazer Pitching Shuts Down HCA in Doubleheader Sweep


Three University Heights Academy pitchers combined to hold visiting Heritage Christian Academy scoreless over the course of a pair of doubleheader victories on Thursday, with the Blazers topping the Warriors 10-0 and 18-0 to run their winning streak to five games.

Jaiden Miles was dominant on the mound in the opener, allowing a single hit over five innings with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks.  Miles also helped himself with three hits, beginning with a single to lead off a four-run second inning.

Bryson Turner drove in a pair of runs with a single, and the Blazers added three more in the bottom of the third on RBI singles by Aiden Jones and Cadence Gibson.  Leading 9-0 with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, Jackson Flynn singled to bring in the final run.

Sam Belt joined Miles with three hits for the Blazers, Cadence Gibson, Flynn, Turner, and Jones each drove in a pair of runs, and Josh Pace added an RBI.

Bradley Boyd took the loss for HCA, allowing 10 runs, nine earned, on 11 hits with seven walks and two strikeouts over four innings.  Jayden Nichols had to lone hit for the Warriors.

The Blazers only needed three innings to settle the second game, with Ryan Luckey and Cadence Gibson combining to strike out nine of the ten Warriors that came to the plate.  Luckey picked up his first win of the season with six strikeouts over two innings of work.

Leading 1-0, the Blazers erupted for 15 runs in their second at-bat, taking advantage of nine walks, a hit by pitch, and two Warrior errors.  Luckey singled in a run, Cadence Gibson drove in a pair with a double, and Courtland Gibson and Harlow Hampton added RBI singles to make it 16-0.

Three Blazers were hit by pitches in the top of third, and the Warriors committed a pair of errors to allow UHA to add two more runs without a base hit.

HCA got its only baserunner of the game when Nichols reached on a dropped third strike to lead off the bottom of the inning, but Gibson struck out a pair of coaxed a ground ball to end the game.

Luckey finished 2/3 with an RBI, Cadence and Courtland Gibson each drove in two runs, and Hampton, Belt, and Pace finished with an RBI each.

Collin Outland suffered the loss for the Warriors, giving up 12 runs, nine earned, on only two hits with eight walks and a strikeout.

The Blazers will be on the road on Wednesday when they travel to Paducah to face St. Mary.

HCA slipped to 2-8 ahead of a district matchup with Fort Campbell on Thursday in Hopkinsville.

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