The Trinity Baptist College Eagles came from behind to take a seventh-inning lead, but the Tigers of Edward Waters retaliated for a 5-3 win in Game 1 of a weekend series between two Jacksonville rivals at former Minor League complex J.P. Small Memorial Stadium.
The Eagles entered the top of the seventh trailing 2-0 and rallied for three runs. Kevin Rivera, Jeremy Rivera, and Jacob Bolena each drove in a run in the Eagles’ rally, and Richard Ruth, Kevin Rivera, and Gabby Pedraza crossed in succession on those hits. Ruth and Pedraza had two hits apiece on the afternoon, and Jon Shiver added a double to help lead the Trinity offense.
Edward Waters scored twice in the first, and after falling behind 3-2, the Tigers regained the lead with a three-run rally of their own. Juan Brocamonte was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored, and Miguel Beltre had three hits and 2 RBI in four trips to the plate for the Tigers. Carlos Cabrera added two hits and an RBI.
Trinity’s Michael Cohick pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits. He walked two and fanned one. Cohick held the Tigers in check through six. Shawn Moose pitched a scoreless inning in relief to keep the game close.
Richard Edwards won it for Edward Waters with eight innings pitched, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Denver Ripley closed it out to pick up the save.
The two teams will play a double-header at J.P. Small on Saturday with a first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT. The Eagles will then prepare for their final home games of the season when they host NAIA Southeastern University for a double-header on Tuesday, April 18, at 4:00 p.m. The Eagles will then finish the regular season at NAIA Voorhees College (Denmark, South Carolina) on April 28 and 29.
The NCCAA South Region tournament will begin on Thursday, May 11.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC