Benedictine baseball broke out March 27, defeating Norfolk Christian Academy (NCA) 6-1 after a rocky start to spring.
In the second game of the double header, the Cadets came out the gates hot with Corey Adams leading off the game with a rocket single to left. Adams later went on to score after a misthrow on Victor Johnson’s plate appearance before Johnson settled into third.
Jackson Cray had himself a day at the plate, as well as behind the dish. Cray's first at bat against NCA resulted in a long home run, deep into right field that plated two runs. Johnson and Cray both added singles to their resume in the latter half of the game.
The inning was not over yet for the Cadets though, Terrance Rhodes lifted a double off the wall before Adams made his way back around the order and blasted a three-run moonshot over the tall left field fence to extend the lead 6-0 early. This reporter was set to get the start and dealt NCA plenty of trouble as he went four and a third innings only allowing one run on three hits. In relief was Hunter Zaun, who kept the Cadets ahead before sophomore Daniel Lingle shut the door on Norfolk Christian Academy.
Due to the circumstances of these uncertain times, baseball suffered greatly, Benedictine baseball was no different. The rough start for the Cadets was unexpected and surprising to most, but working through the kinks and trending in the right direction. T
he season opener against Atlantic Shores ended in a defensive 3-2 affair, with Atlantic Shores on top. This past Thursday, baseball traveled to the rival Trinity Episcopal and was heartbroken with a six-run seventh inning, losing the matchup, 7-6. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Cadets rematch the recently played Atlantic Shores. It was hardly watchable as Atlantic Shores stomped Cadets 19-5 in five innings.
The reappearance of football players back on the diamond gave the team the jolt they needed to scrape past Miller. "It was different, but I really enjoyed it," said senior Jay Woolfolk on his return to baseball after football. "I'm glad to be back on the field with my brothers again."
Upcoming games for the Cadets are Fredericksburg Christian Academy at home and then the team will travel up to Maryland for a weekend doubleheader before the start of a long spring break for the team.