Seagraves one-hits Wake Warriors in 2-0 win

Apr. 12—Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Tim McCarver once said of his one-time teammate, pitcher Bob Gibson, that Gibson was the luckiest pitcher alive. Anytime he pitched, the other team didn't score.

Opponents of Grace Christian's baseball team are probably starting to feel that way about Camron Seagraves.

The Crusaders sent their top pitcher to the hill Wednesday night for a game against the Wake County Warriors at historic Fleming Stadium in Wilson, a place which in Gibson and McCarver's playing days was a professional ballpark. The Warriors probably would endorse Seagraves going to the pros now.

The senior did not allow a hit until Carter Adams hit a single up the middle with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Despite four walks, Seagraves was able to go the distance just inside the pitch limit, with 102 pitches thrown and 61 for strikes. He ended the game as strong as he had begun it, striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.

He has an 0.22 ERA this season and has not allowed any runs at all in three of his five appearances. Only one of the three runs scored against him this season was earned. Opposing teams have just three hits in 31.2 innings against Seagraves this season.

Grace (11-3 overall) won its fourth straight contest and will have five days off before traveling to Lincolnton to play Combine Academy (5-0) on Tuesday. The Goats beat Grace 6-3 back on March 26, in the last game lost by the Crusaders.

They took the lead in the first inning Wednesday against the Warriors, who are the top homeschool team in the state and have a MaxPreps power rating just a few spots below the Crusaders. With two out in the top of the first, Boaz Harper and Caleb Ellis drew back-to-back walks against Wake pitcher Charleston Sauls. Harper went to third on defensive indifference, then scored moments later on a throwing error to put Grace on top 1-0.

The way Seagraves was pitching, that was enough, but the Crusaders did get him some insurance in the sixth inning. Ellis singled with one out, and then with two out, Alex Pena Jimenez and Connor Howard had back-to-back singles of their own, the latter of which got Ellis home. The pitching in this game was so dominant that those were the only three hits Grace had in the game. Sauls, a University of Mount Olive commit, actually no-hit the Crusaders through the first four innings himself, and the three hit came off reliever Avery Martin.