Led by pitching ace Ryan Kopca, Legacy Christian Academy pulled out a close one, winning 3-2 over New Life Academy of Woodbury April 12.
After the first inning, Legacy led 3-1 and then looked like it might lose that lead with bases loaded and no outs in the top of the third.
Then Kopca struck out three in a row, getting out of it without allowing a single run.
“Ryan did a great job on the mound for us. He’s our ace and he really showed us what he’s got,” said Legacy coach Phil Almeroth.
Legacy scored its runs on a Justin Domino two-run base hit down the third base line. Then a wild throw on Ben Freeby’s attempt to steal third allowed him to score Legacy’s third run.
Legacy hosted Chisholm April 14, finishing them off 13-3 in six innings.
Missing all but one of their Junior class players due to the ACT Test, Legacy called on some younger players to step up and deliver against Chisholm. Sophomore Luke Anderson pitched 5 solid innings (5 Strikeouts, 3 Runs, 1 Earned) and drove in 3 runs, and Sophomore Tanner Balk (3B) had two hits, 2 RBI, and played solid defense to lead the Lions to victory. Four Seniors also had big contributions: Justin Domino (1B-P) had 3 Hits, 3 Runs, and 3 RBI, while picking up the save; Ryan Kopca (CF) had 2 Hits and 2 RBI; Josh Johnson (LF) had 2 hits and scored 3 times; Ben Freeby (RF) scored 3 runs. Another important factor in the win was the defense played by Eighth-grade SS Andrew Fedje and Sophomore 2B Tyler Arenz.
Legacy scored 3 times in the first inning, twice in the third to lead 5-3, then blew the game open in the sixth, scoring eight runs and ending the game early.
“The best part of our game today was our defense,” said head coach Phil Almeroth. “We’ve struggled a bit with that in our first three games, but our younger players made some excellent plays today, and Justin Domino is one of the best fielding first baseman we’ve ever had here, and he showed that today.”
The win over Chisholm gave Legacy a 4-1 record after their first week of games.
Legacy travels to Waterville on Saturday for games against Breck and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, with a home game on April 26 against Trinity, and is on the road for an April 27 game against St. Croix Prep.
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