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Knights are champs once more

Twice as nice

POSTED: June 2, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Tim Morse/Albany Herald

Knight Jacob Fincher slides into second base during Game 1 of the double-header series on Friday.

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It took a little bit longer than they may have hoped, as the championship series went all the way to Game 3, but the Bethlehem Christian Academy Knights are now and forevermore GISA Class-A’s baseball state champions.

Crisp Academy took Game 1 from the Knights 6-2 on Friday afternoon and nearly came back from a 7-3 deficit late in Game 2, but Bethlehem’s defense held on despite the Crisp surge in hitting and a controversial play at the plate that would have tied the game in the seventh to force the deciding match on Saturday afternoon.

The delays kept coming for the eventual champions, though, as officials postponed Game 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. just to keep everyone waiting a little longer. Once the game got started, though, it went off with a bang.

The Knights rode a complete game from Luke Allen on the mound, paired with a second inning run and a three-run third. Allen gave himself some help and took advantage of multiple Crisp Academy errors in the third to turn a routine double into an in-the-park homerun.

Bethlehem would add three more runs late to quell any thoughts of another rally after Crisp picked up their only run of the day to produce the final score of 7-1.

Neither of Saturday’s teams were new to the postseason in GISA baseball as Crisp Academy has appeared in five consecutive final fours and has been the state runner-up twice now in the last three years.

They were held out of last year’s championship game by virtue of a lopsided semifinals series at Bethlehem which propelled the Knights to their first of two consecutive state titles.

Last year’s Knights swept David Emanuel Academy at home to earn the rings, but this year’s crew had to travel to Lyons and Cordele in back-to-back weekends before they could be crowned as the victors.



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