A perfect season: Calvary Christian wins 4A state baseball title

By Katherine Smith, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017
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Perfection.

For Calvary Christian, perfection came with a state title.

The Warriors capped off a 30-0 season with the Class 4A state baseball title in a 11-1 mercy rule win over Pensacola Catholic.

The Warriors became the first Florida team to finish a season undefeated since their opponent did it in 2013 when the Crusaders won the 4A state title. The win also ended a long Pinellas County title-less drought. Calvary Christian became the first county school since Dunedin in 2008 to win a championship.

It was also the first state title in school history in any sport.

Calvary Christian is into streaks.

From the 30-straight wins to four-straight hits in the first inning, the Warrior thrive off of continuity.

But the Warriors got off to a shaky start.

A batter hit by a pitch, a fielding error and a walk loaded the bases in the top of the first. But then starting pitcher Jonathan Fisher settled down and got out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts

Calvary Christian's bats were off to a hot start. Eric Kennedy led them off with a single to right field. And after he stole second base, Justin Bench drove him in with an RBI single. A throwing error by Pensacola Catholic sent Bench across the plate for a 2-0 lead.

Matheu Nelson made it 3-0 with an RBI double to right field, scoring Graham Hoffman. It was the fourth-straight hit by the Warriors. Calvary Christian wasn't done.

With bases loaded, Richie Mize drove in two more runs with a single to left field for a 6-0 Warriors lead.

Calvary Christian added three more runs in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of several Crusaders errors, including a run that scored when Hoffman was hit by a pitch with bases loaded.

The Warriors returned the fielding error favor in the fourth when Nelson dropped a ball in a play at the plate. It scored Pensacola Catholic's lone run.