Augusta Christian's 12-3 loss to Class AAAA No. 7 North Augusta last week came with a lesson learned. That lesson lasted exactly one-half of an inning.
In the top of the second inning, the Lions committed four errors and watched a 2-2 tie balloon into a 9-2 deficit. Augusta Christian mishandled three hard-hit ground balls to load the bases with two outs. A passed ball on a strikeout scored a run, and a walk plated another.
North Augusta sophomore Taylor Rozier made the Lions pay for their mistakes with a two-out grand slam to blow the game wide open.
"We should have been out of the inning with just one run scored," Augusta Christian coach Craig Johnson said. "If we don't make those routine plays we're not going to be successful against anybody."
The loss put the Lions at 3-3 on the season, but those losses have come to two public school teams, North Augusta and Lexington, ranked in the top 10 in South Carolina's Class AAAA.
"It's a learning process. We're not going to face anyone better than who we're facing right now," Johnson said. "I'm proud of the guys, and the way they battled."
After the Yellow Jackets took a 9-2 lead through four innings, Lions reliever Johnny Whitaker took the mound. The senior gave up one run on one hit in three innings to keep the game from ending on a 10-run rule.
Augusta Christian will face North Augusta on Thursday when the Lions travel to Riverview Park. The private school team beat the Yellow Jackets there last season.
Evans improved to 9-3 on the season after a 14-4 win over Washington County last Thursday. Five Knights hit doubles in the road win and junior Kevin Millward threw a complete game.
Millward improved to 2-1 on the season and went two-for-three from the plate. The Knights will next travel to Greenbrier on Friday in a key Region 3B-AAAA game.
Augusta Prep's Spencer Morgan and Joseph Hall each went two-for-four in a game against Westminster last Thursday, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 7-5 loss. Westminster improved to 11-1 on the season while Augusta Prep dropped to 3-8.
The Cavaliers won't play again until April 10 with a home region game against John Milledge.
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