Striking for five runs in the second inning, Life Christian took command early and cruised to a 12-2 nonleague win over Tacoma Baptist at Cirque Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Tacoma Baptist struck first in the top of the first inning when Tommie Brazile scored on a wild pitch after an earlier single, but Life Christian tied it in the bottom half on Sam Absten’s groundout to score Drex Davis. Matt Hallstrom gave the Crusaders a momentary 2-1 lead in the second with a double to score Isaiah Kazarovich, but the flood gates then opened for the Eagles. Hunter Haley led off with a walk and tied it by scoring on a wild pitch, and Davis gave the Crusaders the lead for good with a run-scoring double to plate Connor Kuykendall. Davis and Absten later scored on throwing errors, while Taylor Roeloffs scored on a wild pitch as the Eagles quickly held a 6-2 lead.
Sam Veliz took the mound for Life Christian in the third and pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win, including striking out the side in the fourth and tallying five total strikeouts. The Eagles’ offense then added two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, as Kevin Breen forced the mercy rule in the fifth with a single to score Davis. Haley and Gage Roth had run-scoring singles in the third, and Jeremy Pallwitz added a booming run-scoring double in the fourth. The Eagles used just eight hits to tally their 12 runs, but drew five walks, were hit by a pitch three times and tallied 13 stolen bases.