CCS squared off with Silverdale on Monday night with the Division II District 2-A championship on the line. The Seahawks had already beaten the Chargers three times in the season, including once in the tournament, so the Chargers faced a tall task having to win twice to capture the district crown. Behind clutch hitting in game one and the long ball in game two, the Chargers’ offense erupted for 18 runs over the two games and rode the pitching of senior Nathanael Kapp to win both games and their first district championship since 2015, winning by scores of 10-8 and 8-3.
Things did not look good for the Chargers in game one as the Seahawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning courtesy of two home runs. However, the Chargers clawed their way back and tied the game at 3 in the top of the third with RBI’s from Kapp and fellow senior Austin Vincent. That lead was short lived as the Seahawks responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third to take a commanding 7-3 lead. CCS got one run back in the top of the 4th and in the bottom of the 4th an unlikely hero emerged for the Chargers. Freshman pitcher Kaleb Baker, with only 3 varsity innings under his belt on the year came in and shut down the powerful Seahawk offense for two innings, giving up no hits in the process. That allowed the Chargers offense to come alive over the last two innings.
Arguably the play of the day happened in the top of the 6th. Amos Davenport reached on a bunt single and after a walk and another single, the Chargers had the bases loaded. Davenport channeled his inner Jackie Robinson and successfully completed a straight steal of home. After the Silverdale pitcher was ejected for arguing the call, the Chargers pulled within 7-6 with a Colt Sinor sacrifice fly. The combo of Taylor Anand and Nathanael Kapp on the mound kept the Seahawks scoreless and set the stage for a dramatic 7th inning comeback. Anand singled with one out and moved to second on a groundout. After a walk to Davenport and with the Chargers down to their final strike, sophomore Chase McBryar lined a single into center, scoring pinch runner Cole Headrick to tie the score. After an intentional walk to John Rhodes, Kapp stepped to the plate and delivered the biggest hit of his career, a line drive double into left center that cleared the bases. Silverdale threatened in the bottom of the 7th, but Kapp induced a ground ball that Anand turned into a double play with the bases loaded for a 10-8 Charger victory.
As exciting as game 1 was, the Chargers still had to win game 2 to clinch the district crown. With the Chargers short on pitching, Kapp started game 2, and after two scoreless innings junior John Rhodes put the Chargers ahead with a two run homerun to right-center. After the Seahawks scored one in their half of the 3rd, Sinor led off the fourth with a massive home run to left to increase the lead to 3-1. Silverdale once again responded with one run, but the Chargers blew the game open with three runs in the top of the 5th, with the big blows coming on a two run double off the bat of Evan Walker and a 2 out RBI single from Austin Vincent. Silverdale responded once again with one run in the bottom of the 6th, but the Chargers would use the long ball again in the top of the 7th to put the game out of reach. Vincent deposited a 1 out offering just over the left field wall for an 8-3 lead.
That lead was enough for Kapp who threw 6.1 innings giving up just 3 runs on 6 hits. Junior Owen Cook came in and nailed down the save with a flyout and a strikeout to end the game. On the day, Kapp threw 8.2 innnigs and was the winning pitcher in both games.
With the win, the Chargers improve to 19-10 and will host The King’s Academy at home on Friday in a best two out of three series in the Region semifinal. Game one is scheduled for 5PM with game two scheduled for 30 minutes after the completion of game one. If a third game is necessary it will be on Saturday at noon. For the season, John Rhodes was voted district player of the year, while Amos Davenport, Chase McBryar, and Nathanael Kapp each were selected for the all district team.