Pike Lib sweeps Valiant Cross

Published 9:26 am Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots baseball team (22-3-1) extended their winning streak to seven straight wins with a pair of blowouts over Valiant Cross at home on Monday.

Pike shutout Valiant Cross 13-0 in the first game and 18-0 in the second. In the past five games, the Patriots have outscored their opponents by an eye-popping 72-1. Pike has also pitched three straight shutouts.

In game one, Darryl Lee went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run, while Drew Nelson earned a home run in his second straight game along with four RBIs and two runs scored. Kade Brookins pitched all three innings and mowed down seven batters, while also pitching a no hitter. Of his 30 total pitches on the day, 26 were strikes. Valiant Cross only earned nine total at bats in the game with Brookins striking out seven of those batters.

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In game two, it was more of the same as Pike made short work of Valiant Cross, scoring 18 runs in the first two innings.

Jayden Jordan went 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs, while Houston Gunter went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs. Levi Deboer earned a triple in the game, as well.

KC Bradford pitched one and 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, while Will Rice pitched the other inning and fanned a pair of batters. Neither Rice nor Bradford gave up a hit and each walked one batter.

In the past three games – all shutouts – Pike has used five different pitchers and those five pitchers have given up a grand total of zero hits. The Patriot pitching staff also combined to strike out 27 batters.