Three games led to three pitching gems last week for the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy baseball team.
"When our top three guys are on the mound, we're hard to beat," said CVCA head coach Jason Herblet.
On April 28 at home, the Royals defeated non-conference opponent Ravenna 6-1 behind a strong effort from Matt Henning. The junior went the first six innings and gave up a run and just 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 4.
"Matt did a very nice job," Herblet said. "It was his best outing of the year."
Sophomore Taylor Sobiech pitched the seventh inning, yielding only a walk.
CVCA, which actually trailed after an inning and a half, scored a run in the bottom of the second, two each in the fourth and fifth and another in the sixth.
Henning helped his own cause with a double, single, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
Senior left fielder Chris Fair doubled and singled and knocked in a run and scored twice.
Senior first baseman Matt Miller had a single, two RBIs, scored a run and drew a walk.
Senior Steven Taylor and junior Drew Wilson each singled, scored a run and swiped a bag. With a single apiece were sophomore third baseman Josh Junko, senior infielder James Hancock and junior Tommy Piazza.
On May 3, CVCA hosted Principals' Athletic Conference rival Tuslaw in a doubleheader, although Tuslaw acted as the home team in Game 1 due to a weather-related rescheduling.
In game one, Taylor went the distance, giving up only four hits and striking out eight and walking just one in the Royals' 4-0 victory. He improved to 6-1 on the season.
CVCA scored a run in the top of the fourth and 3 in the fifth.
Junior centerfielder Josh Thacker led the way at the plate with 2 singles, 2 runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
"Josh has been hitting in the two-slot the last few weeks, and he's really embraced that. He's hitting the ball well," said Herblet.
Wilson singled twice, knocked in a run and stole a base.
Fair had a single, stole three bases and drew a walk.
Piazza, junior second baseman Dylan Nichols and Taylor each singled. Piazza also scored a run and Nichols also stole a base.
Junko scored a run and drew 2 walks. Henning drew a walk.
In the nightcap CVCA won 10-0 in a game shortened by the 10-run rule.
Wilson went the distance, allowing just 4 hits while fanning 6.
"Drew is pitching phenomenally," said Herblet. "His ERA is under 1.00, which is ridiculous."
CVCA scored two runs in the bottom of the second, another in the third and seven in the fourth.
The Royals had only 4 hits, but that's all they needed; Tuslaw pitchers walked a staggering 13 batters.
Sobiech had 2singles, an RBI, 2 runs and 2 stolen bases.
Taylor singled, had an RBI, scored twice and swiped a bag. Thacker also singled, had 2 RBIs and scored once.
Wilson, Junko and junior Ryker Papa each had an RBI. Wilson and Papa both scored a run.
Fair and Hancock each scored once and stole a base.
Sophomore Tristan Roberts scored a run.
CVCA was scheduled to take a 12-7 overall record and 8-4 PAC mark into a home game with non-conference opponent Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary May 4, but the result was not available at press time.
The Royals are scheduled to play at PAC rival Orrville May 8 at 5 p.m.
On May 9, CVCA, which is seeded second and a received a first-round bye, is scheduled to host the winner of seventh-seeded Crestwood and 10th-seeded East Cleveland Shaw in a Euclid Division II sectional final. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
The Royals are scheduled to host Orrville May 10 at 5 p.m. Two days later, on May 12, they are set to travel to non-conference opponent Revere at 4:30 p.m.
On May 13, CVCA is scheduled to compete in the rescheduled Cuyahoga Falls City Championship - against Woodridge at 12:30 p.m. and against Cuyahoga Falls at 2:30 p.m.