ORANGE PARK - The St. Johns Country Day School baseball team was looking forward to a match against district 2-3A foe University Christian with both teams sporting quality won/loss records; 4-3-1 for …
ORANGE PARK - The St. Johns Country Day School baseball team was looking forward to a match against district 2-3A foe University Christian with both teams sporting quality won/loss records; 4-3-1 for the Spartans, 7-1 for the Christians, but the game got away from the Spartans early with a five run second inning leading to an 11-2 district loss for St. Johns.
St. Johns did score the first run of the night with pinchrunner Tanner Zellum, in for a single by pitcher Troy Britts, sliding past the University catcher on a double from Tyler Grogg.
From there, though, University Christian started finding the soft spots in Britts’ hurling and hit for four singles and a double scoring five runs for the Christians.
St. Johns showed some offensive spunk in the fourth with Britts sending a home run shot to left field sparking some dugout celebration.
From there, through, a walk turned into a double play grounder and a strikeout to squelch the excitement.
Grogg would relieve Britts in the seventh,but University exploded with two walks, two doubles and run scoring errors that upped the score to 11-2.
Prior to the University Christian contest, St. Johns had wins of 14-4 over Duval Charter behind 14 hits; doubles from Jacob Asdot, Troy Myers, Tyler Kuramoto, Jack Tolbert, Cody Myers; a strong pitching effort from Evan Englebrecht; 3-1 over St. Joseph in a key district game.
St. Johns’ first loss was a 2-0 eight inning battle with 6A-Ridgeview High School.