David Emanuel Academy’s baseball team has been on a roll since mid-April. They’ve beaten Habersham, Fullington, Nathanael Greene, and Saint Andrews, outscoring their opponents in the four outings 46–9.
The win streak started April 12 as the Eagles traveled to Savannah and beat the Patriots 8–3.
Cavan Calhoun and Richard Braddy combined on the hill for the win. Calhoun racked up 7 strikeouts in 5.1 innings while Braddy made quick work of four batters in his 1.2 innings on the mound.
Offense was stellar against the Patriots with multiple Eagles getting hits. Calhoun had the best day at the plate; he went 2-for-2 with 3 runs scored, 2 walks, and 2 stolen bases. Brody Fleming was right behind him, going 2-for-2 as well with 2 runs scored, 2 walks, and 4 stolen bases. Timothy Braddock was 2-for-4 on the day with 1 run scored, 2 doubles, and 1 stolen base. Clayton Hood went 1-for-4 with 1 run scored and 2 stolen bases himself. Riley Griner rounded out the offensive production for DEA that day with 1 run scored and 1 walk.
With the win, David Emanuel was well poised to take on Fullington Academy in Pinehurst two days later. The April 14 match-up was the Eagles’ second win in as many outings. DEA upended the Trojans 9–6.
Fleming did a majority of the work on the mound for David Emanuel. He lasted 5 innings with 6 strikeouts. Calhoun and Braddy both saw action on the hill as well, throwing 1 inning apiece. Calhoun, in his one inning, sat down two batters while Braddy fanned one.
Again, David Emanuel played pass-the-bat many times against Fullington like they did against Habersham. Several Eagles had multiple hits on the day, including Braddock. He was 3-for-4 with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base.
Griner went 3-for-4 as well with 1 stolen base.
Rylie Rowland went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, 1 walk, and 1 stolen base.
Brayden Smith had a 2-for-4 outing with 1 run scored.
Hood went 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored, got on base thanks to a hit-by-pitch, and went on to swipe 1 bag.
Calhoun and Fleming both went 1-for-4 with 1 run scored each, and Jay Carter rounded out the offensive effort, getting a hit in his 1 at-bat.
David Emanuel had a short break in baseball action, but that wouldn’t deter the Eagles from their winning ways. Their April 18 game versus Nat Greene in Siloam was a decisive victory, 19–0.
Calhoun toed the rubber for 3 innings, accumulating four strikeouts. Rowland split time with Calhoun on the mound, throwing 1 inning of his own, sitting down one Patriot.
The only offensive stats available as of press time reflect that Griner and Fleming alike went 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored for a combined plating of 6 runs between the two players. Griner is also credited with 2 stolen bases, and Fleming’s stat line includes 1 stolen base as well as a home run. However, given the score, the Eagles’ offense appeared to be a complete team effort.
The Eagles capped off their fourth straight win two days later on April 20 versus Saint Andrews. This match-up served as Senior Day for David Emanuel, and they put on a show, winning 10–0.
Fleming threw 6 innings and fanned 13 Lions. He needed no assistance on the hill, thanks to a solid performance of his own, coupled with the typical firepower expected from the Eagles’ bats.
Rowland had another multi-hit day, going 2-for-3 against Saint Andrews. One of those hits was a home run. He also recorded a double, a walk, and plated 1 run.
Smith went 1-for-3 with 1 walk, 1 stolen base, and 1 run scored.
Braddock went 1-for-4 with 1 run scored, and Braddy brought the offense full-circle, going 1-for-1 with a double and 2 walks.
The Eagles’ regular season has now concluded, and DEA has been matched up against Horizon Christian in the state quarterfinals. This series will be played Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Look for results next week.