Whether it was on the track or on the diamond, to breaking records or throwing no hitters, the Knights had their fare share of accomplishments in the last week.
We’ll start with the Eric Miller-led track team, which appeared in two events during the week. The first was at local Franklin County High School on Apr. 25, where eighth-grader Evan Lawrence ran against varsity competition and had no problem in holding his own. Not only that, Lawrence shaved his middle school record in the 800 meter down to 2:25.68 and also scored Christian Heritage’s only point of the afternoon, finishing fifth in the mile with a 5:33.72. Senior Lee Dickenson also shortened his 100 meter time for a third consecutive meet down to 12.65.
“Congrats to Evan for finishing 5th in the 1600m, scoring a point for CHA!” Miller said, writing to CHA after the meet.
On Apr. 28, the Knights reappeared at Staunton River High for a varsity-exclusive event. By virtue of the girls running the 4×400 event for the first time, they set a new school record with their 6:09.41 finish. Again, for the fourth consecutive meet, Dickenson lowered his 100 meter time to a 12.00 flat, with junior David Pate finishing under 59 seconds for the first time with a 58.30 in the 400 meter.
For Cassady and his ball club, the solid performances continue to be reeled in, with two in the last week of play. But only one win was gleaned from the week’s games.
CHA (3-3) trounced Timberlake to the tune of 13-0 behind Anthony Turner’s 20 strikeout, no-hit performance on the road. Without only one walk drawn in the bottom of the 5th inning, Turner would’ve maintained his perfect game. His teammates did their job in backing him up. Eight of the 11 runs scored were done so by three players, with Ian Anderson tallying three hits on the afternoon (two doubles) and scoring three of those runs.
“The guys keep finding ways to get on base and that allows us to put pressure on the other team to make the plays,” Cassady told CHA after the win.
On Apr. 30, the Knights were their own worst enemy, not being able to take advantage of the few opportunities they had against a solid Roanoke Valley Christian team that beat them, 2-0. Turner, again, pitched for CHA, only gave up three hits on the evening, but those were enough for the Eagles to grab and keep the lead.
“There was a lot of good that came out of tonight’s loss as I continue to see growth in each player in all aspects of the game,” Cassady said. “We will continue to work hard and learn from tonight’s game as we prepare for Temple on Thursday [May 30] at home for Senior night.”
The track team will remain quiet until May 15 when it travels to Harrisonburg, VA for the Virginia Association of Christian Athletics state team championship.
Links to full track results:
Apr. 25: https://bit.ly/2jnZawZ
Apr. 28: https://bit.ly/2jnZvzL