Cougars top Trojans 7-3 in extra innings

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 10:22 PM

The High Point Christian Academy baseball team made the big plays when it needed them.

After falling behind early, the second-ranked Cougars scored the final six runs of the game to beat third-ranked Wesleyan Christian Academy 7-3 in nine innings Saturday and win their second game in the three-game series between crosstown rivals.

Levi Gesell tripled to lead off the ninth, then Jarred Bergsma drew a walk on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded and two outs to score Gesell. Stephen Hemrick added a two-run single, and Bergsma scored on a wild pitch for the four-run lead.

Hemrick, who struck out eight in six innings of relief, then finished off the win by retiring three of the four batters he faced in the ninth. Gesell, who went 4 for 5, also had an RBI single in the sixth and scored on Boston New’s game-tying single while Hemrick also had two hits.

The Trojans jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, helped by three errors by the Cougars. Weston Wilson then drilled a solo home run in the third to give Wesleyan a 3-1 lead that held into the sixth. Zach Michalski took the loss on the mound.