PBR Spotlight Game: Badin captures District Championship over CHCA

By Matt Wallisa

On Friday evening, Badin arrived at Kings High School with a mission.

Unfortunately for Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, that mission was accomplished as Badin came away with a 6-1 victory. 

On the mound, CHCA turned the ball over to Furman recruit Ted Andrews while Badin relied upon junior Mike Davis.

Badin struck early as they plated two runs across in the first inning. Senior Heath Stricker got hit by an errant pitch to lead off the game. Senior Luke Wurzelbacher followed with a sacrifice bunt that advanced Stricker all the way to third.

With Striker on third, junior standout TJ Nichting hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 1-0 in Badin's favor. Andrews threw a wild pitch and a passed ball that advanced Nichting all the way to third.  After an RBI groundout by sophomore Zach gray scored Nichting, Badin went up 2-0.

CHCA'S only run of the game came in the bottom of the 6th inning. The inning started with catchers interference with junior Jacob Banks being granted first base. A double from freshman Cameron Murray put runners at second and third. Junior Nick Weaver followed with a ground out to bring in a run and make the score 2-1.

Looking to add insurance, Badin scored six runs in the top of the 7th inning to stretch their lead to 6-1. Nichting, now hitting from the right side, ripped a single to left and advanced to second on a pass ball. Rieman would then groundout to move the runner to third. A batter later Zach Gray hit an RBI single to make the score 3-1. A double then from junior Houston Krause would make the score 4-1. After a pass ball, Krause advanced to third. Mike Davis hit a sacrifice fly to score Krause and stretch the lead to 5-1. Badin scored once again after an RBI single from Max Adams to provide a five run cushion.

Davis earned the win while pitching a complete game. He only allowed one earn run over his seven innings of work. His fastball topped out at 83 mph while his curveball sat at 73 mph.

Andrews took the loss going 6 and 1/3 innings while striking out eight Badin batters. At times, Andrews struggled to stay ahead in the count. Andrews fastball sat in the mid 80's and his curveball sat at 72 mph.