SAVANNAH — No. 20 seed Hebron Christian rebounded from an opening 2-1 loss to score a 4-1 win in Game 2 to earn a split of its Class A (Private) state baseball quarterfinals doubleheader with fifth-seeded Calvary Day on Wednesday at Grayson Field in Savannah.
Garrett Howe was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs in the nightcap, as the Lions (18-14-1) scored two runs in each of the first two innings to get the split and force a Game 3 Thursday at 4 p.m. at Grayson Field.
Mason Ashby and Max Bennett each added an RBI hit in Game 2, which helped support Nathan Alexander, who went the distance for the win, allowing just two hits and one run with eight strikeouts over seven innings.
The win came on the heels of a tough loss in the opener, which came despite a strong mound outing by Ashby, who scattered six this and just one earned run with two strikeouts over six innings of work.
The Lions managed just three hits for the game, two of which came in the top of the fourth, including Jack Ihm’s RBI single.
“Our guys were frustrated in Game 1,” Hebron coach Ben Drust said. “But at the end of the day, they moved on to Game 2 and put the pressure on (Calvary Day) from the very first pitch.
“We have confidence in our pitching (for Thursday), but anytime you’re in a Game 3 (situation), you’re have to outhit your opponent.”