By Anthony Rhoads
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy's Christian White and Riverside Military's Matt Clark are neighbors in Henry County but on Friday, they pitched against each other in GISA baseball action at ELCA.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy won the 12-2 in a contest that was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
White worked all five innings for ELCA, striking out one, allowing two hits and two walks.
"It felt pretty good but I couldn't do it without the band of brothers I have on the team," White said. "I couldn't ask for a better group of guys. I didn't do it all by myself."
White, a sophomore, has worked his way into the No. 1 spot in ELCA's pitching rotation.
"He's getting his breaking ball over the plate, he's pitching well when he gets behind in the count and he makes batters hit groundballs; you can't ask for anything more than that," ELCA head coach Joe Shadowens said. "Christian came up big for us today."
Clark worked the first four innings and faced six batters in the fifth. Clark didn't allow a hit until Donnie Menezes led off the fourth with a single.
But after that, things fell apart for Riverside. Then ELCA scored three in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead and scored nine in the fifth to pour it on.
Clark, who played at Henry County High School last year, struck out seven, allowed five hits and three walks and hit two batters.
"He's a very good pitcher," Shadowens said. "He's one of the best pitchers we'll see all season."
Menezes went 2-for-3 with two runs and Kyle Pope went 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and a walk.
Cole Springer went 1-for-2 with two runs. In the fifth inning, he ripped a bases-loaded triple to put the score at 11-2. Brian Satterfield and Menezes were intentionally walked to load the bases and Pope followed with a walk to score Springer and end the game.
"It felt good," Springer said. "Riverside is a good team and (Clark) is one of the best pitchers we'll see."
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy improves to 13-5 and plays host to First Presbyterian Monday at 1 p.m. First Presbyterian's most famous alumnus is former Atlanta Braves' closer John Rocker.
"They're a good ball team," Shadowens said.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy overcame a 7-1 deficit Thursday to beat George Walton Academy Thursday 8-7. Bryce Colquitt struck out five to earn the win and went 2-for-4 at the plate. Satterfield went 2-for-4.