One bad inning was the difference March 29 as the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy baseball team lost its season opener 4-3 at Fern Creek in Louisville, Ken.
CVCA senior Steven Taylor gave up all four runs in the bottom of the second inning, which included two doubles, two walks, a passed ball and an error. Adding insult to injury was the fact that all four runs were scored after Taylor retired the first two hitters of the inning.
"Steven was leaving the ball up in the zone and they hit the ball pretty hard," said Royals head coach Jason Herblet. "He then started throwing his off speed stuff, settled down and pitched well the rest of the way."
In all, Taylor yielded 8 hits and had 4 strikeouts and 3 walks.
CVCA wouldn't quit, scoring a run in the fourth inning and two in the sixth to pull within a run. The visitors had a runner on third base in the top of the seventh with one out but couldn't push across the tying run.
"The middle of our lineup hit very well, but the other guys just couldn't produce for the most part," Herblet said. "We're going to need those guys to step up and hit."
Junior middle infielder Drew Wilson and senior leftfielder Chris Fair each went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Wilson also scored a run and Fair had a stolen base.
Taylor doubled and scored two runs, and sophomore third baseman Josh Junko and junior outfielder Matt Henning each singled.
CVCA is scheduled to open its Principals Athletic Conference season April 3 at Triway in Wooster. The Royals are set to play the Titans again April 5 in their home opener. They are scheduled to play at PAC rival Tuscarawas Valley April 7 in Zoarville. First pitch for all three games is set for 5 p.m.