Junior Hayden Compton uncorks a fastball. (Julia Gurevitz’19/Media staff)
The CA baseball team played four consecutive games this past week, with the Vikes winning the first before dropping their next three.
Academy started its week with a home opener on Tuesday, April 10, against Worthington Christian. Close competition throughout the game kept the teams on their toes, and the Vikings were able to pull out a 4-3 win over the Warriors.
Hoping to stay triumphant, the squad traveled to the Warriors’ home field on Wednesday, April 11 for a rematch. Despite great efforts on the mound by seniors Matt Saling and Davis Friedman, Worthington Christian got its revenge, earning a 6-2 win.
Academy then returned home to face Bishop Watterson on Thursday, April 12. With Ohio legend Urban Meyer in the stands, the contest was even more intense. Junior Hayden Compton pitched a phenomenal game, holding the Eagles to a mere 3 runs in the first 5 innings, as his team took the lead by one. A pitching change and multiple missed ground balls, however, thwarted the Vikes’ efforts, as Bishop Watterson scored 9 unanswered runs to close the game, winning 12-4.
The boys capped off the week by hosting Jonathan Alder on Friday, April 13. The team started out slowly, quickly falling behind the Pioneers 9-0. CA woke up and began chipping away at the deficit, at one point shaving it down to just one. The Vikings trailed by just 3 in the final inning, but the game was called short due to darkness, preserving a 12-9 victory for Alder.
Though Academy has endured a bumpy start to the year, the Vikes have plenty of opportunities to get back on track. They hit the road to take on arch-rival Bexley on Monday, April 16, before facing the Lions again at home on Wednesday, April 18. CA hosts Heath on Friday, April 20, before ending the busy week with a road doubleheader against North Union on Saturday, April 21.