Ben’s Ford Christian School splits 2 close games with Centreville

Published 4:20 pm Friday, April 10, 2015

Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Eagles split a doubleheader with Centreville in a pair of close games.

The first contest was a 3-0 loss.

In the setback, Peyton Knight was strong on the mound. He threw a complete game, allowing three runs on 10 hits with a strikeout and no walks.

Knight needed just 73 pitches to complete the seven innings.

Ben’s Ford coach Tommy Pittman praised his pitcher.

“This was the best I’ve seen him throw this year. They made contact but we made the plays. He did a good job of staying down in the zone,” Pittman said.

Offensively, Josh Crain recorded two hits while Destin Pittman and C.J. McClelland finished with one each.

Ben’s Ford captured a thrilling victory in the second game, 5-3.

The Eagles trailed 3-0 after six innings before scoring five runs in the final frame, and it took some clutch two-out hitting to do so.

Garrett Pounds singled with one out. Following the second out, the Eagles began getting guys on.

Pinch hitter Tucker Keating, an eighth grader, singled over the shortstop’s head.

Ernesto Woods then sent Pounds home with a single to trim the deficit to 3-1.

Shelby Culpepper walked to load the bases, bringing Crain to the plate, and he delivered.

Crain gave the Eagles the lead by hitting a three-run double, sending Keating, Woods and Culpepper home.

What was a 3-0 deficit to begin the frame was now a 4-3 lead for Ben’s Ford.

Daniel Pittman singled Crain home for an RBI, giving the Eagles an insurance run and making it a 5-3 advantage.

Winning pitcher Culpepper, who threw a complete game, finished things up by throwing a scoreless seventh.

“It was exciting for our boys,” coach Pittman said. “This is a really good team we played. Last week, they were ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AA. Our boys kept playing, and it really all came together in that last inning. They played 14 innings of really solid, good baseball. We just hit that second game. That was the difference. We didn’t hit the first game.”

Culpepper allowed one earned run on nine hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

He threw 99 pitches for the complete game victory.

Pounds and Daniel Pittman tallied two hits each in the victory.