ROSWELL, Ga. — Much was at stake for Fellowship Christian and Mount Pisgah in their doubleheader Saturday. Both teams were looking to continue their late success in region play, and both teams found themselves near the bubble in the power ratings — which determines the teams that earn playoff berths in Class A Private. With the top 24 teams making the playoffs, Mount Pisgah entered the doubleheader ranked 20th and Fellowship 22nd.
The teams split the doubleheader, with Fellowship on top in the first game 5-3. Mount Pisgah took the second in a run-rule shortened game, 10-0.
Mount Pisgah head coach Kent Harrison said with two talented teams facing off with playoff hopes on the line, he knew his team was in for a test.
“We knew it was going to be a challenging day. Fellowship is a good team and they are playing good baseball this year,” Harrison said.
Both teams came out focused in the first game, with two lead changes in the first inning and a half.
Mount Pisgah scored in the top of the first to take the early lead, but Fellowship responded with a Cameron Gill RBI single and a Mount Pisgah error to go up 2-1.
In the top of the second, Mount Pisgah reclaimed the lead with two runs off a sacrifice fly and a Jojo Odochowski single.
Fellowship then used a three-run fifth to take the lead for good. The Paladins scored on an RBI single from Preston Joye, a fielder’s choice and a passed ball.
Isaac Bouton pitched a complete game for the Paladins, allowing five hits and striking out six.
Though Fellowship looked focused in the first game and did not incur an error, the second game of the doubleheader was quite the opposite.
Officially, Fellowship committed four errors, but that number could have easily been higher. Meanwhile, Mount Pisgah’s bats were active as the Patriots’ had 11 hits off 54 total pitches.
Fellowship dropped two pop-ups to open the bottom of the first, leading to a three-run inning for Mount Pisgah.
In the bottom of the third, the Patriots’ lit up the scoreboard with five hits and two errors from Fellowship to open a 9-0 lead.
Alden Pascucci drove in the final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, with the game ending on a run-rule after Fellowship failed to score in the top of the fifth.
In addition to his four RBIs in the second game, Pascucci threw a complete game for the Patriots, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
“I was proud of my guys and the way they played in the second game with their backs against the wall, a game we had to win,” Harrison said. “Fellowship played great in the first one and we weren’t able to get the job done, but the second game was huge going forward for us,” Harrison said.
“Hopefully for us it was a tune up for the playoffs,” he said.
In the April 10 power ratings, Mount Pisgah had moved up to 15th and Fellowship dropped one spot to 23rd.
The Patriots end Region 6-A sub-region A play against King’s Ridge, leaders of the sub-region standings. Fellowship takes on Whitefield Academy.