Hilton Head Christian Academy baseball stayed unbeaten with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Frederica Academy on Thursday, jumping on the Knights early in a 9-3 win in the opener and taking a 6-5 win in the nightcap on Jace Blackshear’s walk-off single.
HHCA’s James Crosby threw a complete game in the opener, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Two of those runs came in the top of the first, as the Knights manufactured a pair of runs after a walk and a single to start the inning.
But the Eagles answered with six runs in the bottom of the first, as seven different players recorded hits with Jackson Lanier and Blackshear each collecting a pair. HHCA added one run in each of the next three innings, and that was all Crosby needed.
Lanier led the way at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Blackshear, Keene Reese, and Ben Eddy each added two hits and an RBI.
The Knights jumped out to another 2-0 lead in the first inning of game 2, but the HHCA offense heated up for one run in the second inning and two in each of the next two innings to take a 5-2 lead. Frederica got to the Eagles’ bullpen for three runs in the fifth inning to tie it, but Colton Young reached on a two-base error with one out in the bottom of the sixth, advanced on a Kyle Scannell groundout, and scored the winning run on Blackshear’s single to center.
Eddy was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Dylan Clark blasted a two-run homer, and Walker Mikkelson had two walks and two RBIs for HHCA in the second game. Blackshear started on the mound and allowed two runs and two hits over three innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Colton Young earned the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and two walks with one strikeout.
HHCA (4-0) plays at Coastal Homeschool on Monday.
HHCA fifth-grader Aaron James Jackson contributed to this report.
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