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Wesleyan Christian Falls to Metrolina Christian in State Championship Showdown

5/20/24

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County Sports

Ends Wesleyan Christian's 12-game winning streak

On Friday, Wesleyan Christian Academy triumphed over Metrolina Christian Academy with a final score of 5-1. However, the tables turned when the two teams faced off again on Saturday in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 4A baseball state championship.



Metrolina Christian emerged victorious, winning both games on Saturday to claim the championship title.


In the decisive third game, Wesleyan Christian came out strong, scoring two runs in the first inning. Nick Papciak led off with a single, followed by Sawyer Black's home run, giving the Trojans an early 2-0 lead.


After two innings of intense pitching and defense from both sides, Metrolina Christian's offense erupted in the fourth inning. Chase Kiker delivered two RBIs, putting the Warriors ahead 3-2. Connor Bellew then added to the lead with a single, making it 4-2, and was later brought home by Mylo White's single.


Photo by High OT

The Warriors' collective offensive effort dominated the game, securing the victory and the championship title.


Case Gibbs, who had thrown a complete game two-hitter with five strikeouts in the second game, started on the mound for the third game. Gibbs pitched 1.1 innings before Bennett Johnson took over in relief. Johnson's stellar performance included 5.2 shutout innings and eight strikeouts, sealing the championship win for Metrolina Christian.


Reflecting on the game, Chase Kiker recalled that before the series, they discussed the story of Benaiah, who ventured into a lion's pit to slay the beast. No one believed he could do it, and no one even tried. But Benaiah went down there, gave it his all, and killed the lion. That’s what Wesleyan Christian focused on: giving their all and putting everything out on the field.



Kiker contributed their success not only on their grit and determination, but also to recognizing that their dedication would yield results.

"What helped us get through that game to win it all is not being super tense and worrying about the result but just knowing if we play our best and give it our all and leave it out on the field something good would come from it."



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