Calvary Christian claims second straight state championship

Calvary Christian claims second straight state championship

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two titles are better than one. Just ask the Calvary Christian School Knights. They claimed their second title in a row Friday night with a two-game sweep of Johnson Ferry Christian Academy, 10-3 and 15-1.

“It feels great. Being with these guys, going through all the hard offseason," senior Zach Garcia said. "Being here is just amazing to end this season with a high and it feels well accomplished.”

“It felt a little bit like deja vu from last year," sophomore Jesse Donohoe said. "I was really excited but also sad for the seniors. I’m going to miss them a lot and it’s just a big get for the team.”

Game one was much closer than the score indicated, at least for the first five-and-a-half innings. Calvary and Johnson Ferry were tied heading into the bottom of the fourth, and a single by Max Eikelberry scored Jesse Donohoe to make it 2-1. Then in the bottom of the 6th, the Knights pulled away, scoring eight runs in the inning to take a 10-1 lead. Donohoe had the big hit, knocking a two-run home run to right field. Nick Morgan got the win on the mound, going six innings, only giving up one run.

Game two belonged to Calvary from the beginning. They scored seven runs in the first two innings, three in the first, four in the second, to lead 7-1 after two. Donohoe knocked in three of those runs, one on a double in the first inning, and two on a home run in the second.

“I was feeling good today," the sophomore Donohoe said. "I had a good day in the cage before we came out, and I felt ready to go.”

He finished 4-for-9 with two home runs and six RBI in the state title series.

Calvary added three more runs in the sixth and five runs in the seventh to take a 15-1 win. Zach Garcia got the win, going the distance with a complete game and eight strikeouts.

Garcia is part of a senior class that won the first state title in school history last year, and now the first back-to-back titles.

“This senior class is really special,” coach Steve Smith said. “They’ve been a part of all the region championships. They’ve been a part of us getting to the Final Four multiple times and then us coming out as state champions the last two years. They’re just a hard-working group. They’re guys that bought in to everything we were trying to get them to do. They’re just a special, special group. This is a tough group to see leave after this year.”

Calvary finishes the season 32-7.

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