MURFREESBORO – While winning the Class A state baseball championship wasn’t in the cards for Grace Christian Academy, the Lions have plenty of positives to take away from 2019 after making the first state tournament in school history.
Despite falling to Trinity Christian in the state semifinals, GCA took down last year’s state runner-up Loretto (31-5) twice in two days during the tournament – both in convincing fashion (8-4 win on Tuesday, 7-2 win on Wednesday).
One win away from playing for a state title, GCA couldn’t overcome a slow start despite a four-run rally in the top of the seventh inning, falling 6-4 to Trinity Christian.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, TCA tacked on three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead into the final inning.
A Baylor Jones solo home run got the Lions on the scoreboard, but then two singles and a walk loaded the bases and gave the Lions new life. Austin Kasick lined an RBI single to right field to cut it to 6-2 and a Blake Barton two-RBI double to center cut it to 6-4.
Down to the final out, Grant Solomon struck out swinging to end the Lion scoring threat and put a bow on the most successful baseball season in school history.
Despite a 12-18-1 record this year, the two upsets of Loretto, coupled with being one win away from reaching the state championship game proved GCA is a tough out for anyone now and in the future.