The Chargers scored at least two runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings en route to a 14-5 road victory last Friday in a non-region matchup.
“We started a couple of innings slow then all of a sudden just cut loose,” ELCA coach Doug Campbell said. “I was really happy with the way we swung the bats since we haven't seen anything live in a week. Defensively, we were okay. Our pitching was a little rusty but overall I think we did a good job.”
Andrew Gomez drove in four runs and DJ Cooper and Shawn Bartlett both added two RBI for ELCA, which were winners of 20 straight games at press time.
“Officially that broke the school record,” Campbell said. “We’re happy about that and it was a big win for us. We talked about breaking the record of 19 which we set last year.”
When these two teams met Feb. 27, the outcome was much closer and the rematch appeared to be heading the same direction when the War Eagles tied the score at 4-4 in the third.
But the Chargers regained control in the fourth when Zach Daniels scored on an error and Gomez added a double to left, bringing Matthew Barton and Dazmon Cameron home for a 7-4 advantage. Then in the fifth, Gomez induced a bases-loaded walk and Bartlett and Cooper both highlighted the frame with two-run singles to extend the margin to 12-4.
In the sixth, Cameron had an RBI double and Gomez capped the Chargers’ scoring with a sacrifice fly which plated Daniels.
“Woodward is a good, quality team,” Campbell said. “They’re not as strong as they have been in the past but they are still a quality team. Anytime you beat Woodward, it’s a respectable win.”
Matthew Hammers and Dalton Etheridge both had an RBI.
This week, the Chargers are scheduled to play Strong Rock twice and next week Pace Academy twice.
“Pace has not lost in the region so we need to take care of business in all four of those games and ensure ourselves at least a region championship,” Campbell said. “We’re also in the fight to be No. 1 in points which is very important and right now we're at the top but we are only percentage points ahead of the next guy. So we are in a fight there and we really can’t afford to lose another game so we really need to finish 25-1 to make sure we are going to host in the playoffs.”