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Crossroads loses muddy home opener

Mar. 18—HENDERSON — Crossroads Christian trudged through a 17-5 rain game in their home opener on Thursday against the Pungo Christian Raiders.

The Colts kept fighting despite the less-than-ideal baseball weather. Crossroads founds themselves down 4-0 after three innings, but they battled back in the bottom of the fourth.

After a couple of lucky breaks allowed Colts batters to get on base, the Raiders walked a handful of runs it, and it looked like Crossroads could make the game competitive. However, the catcher was called out at first after a swinging bunt — a huge call.

With two outs and the bases loaded, the bang-bang play would have made it a two-run game with a chance to further cut into the lead. Instead, the Raiders retired the side and next inning it was a 12-5 game. The call was a turning point, swinging the momentum in the away's team favor. A pitching change was soon in order, swapping Jackson Anderson with senior Noah Newborn.

Jackson threw 54 pitches and gave up eight runs before he was replaced. Newbern did not last long. Giving up three runs, the senior was yanked after just 15 pitches. After a while, the Colts finally got out of the jam down 17-5.

In the final inning, Nate Bobbitt unknowingly stole third. After advancing to second on a balk, Bobbitt walked to third base on a ball four with no runner behind him. Luckily for Bobbitt and the Colts, the Raiders were none the wiser as he nonchalantly ambled to third base.

However, despite the fortunate base running, the game was called after five innings, handing Crossroads its third loss of the season and first at home.

The Colts will go on to face the 2-2 New Life Warriors on Tuesday. A young team, the Colts have plenty of time to improve with only one senior on the roster.

STATSNate Bobbitt (Jr.): 2-3, SB

Cody Paschall (Jr.): 2-3

Aaron Tippett (Jr.): 1-2, 1R, 1 RBI