A battle between private school rivals went to the Cedar Park Christian Eagles baseball team.
Cedar Park (8-2) scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning en route to a 6-3 victory against Cascade Christian (2-3) on April 15 in Puyallup. All four of the Eagles’ runs in the top of the fourth came from bases-loaded walks. Cedar Park head coach Matt Stevens said his team remained patient at the plate throughout the game.
“Sometimes it can be a struggle, but you just got to let the game come to you. The guys were staying disciplined and that’s a big deal for us,” Stevens said.
Cedar Park built a 6-1 lead, but Cascade Christian loaded the bases on two occasions in the bottom of the fifth to make the game interesting. The Cougars scored two runs and the Eagles were able to get out of the inning relatively unscathed.
“We were able to hold them off. Cascade fought really hard. We just had to make some plays behind our pitchers and we were able to do that,” Stevens said.
Eagles’ ace Josh Stevenson allowed just two runs in five innings of work to pick up the win. Cougars head coach Paul Sopak said the Eagles are one of the best teams his squad will see all year.
“I told the guys that’s one of the top 10 (Class) 1A teams in the state by far,” Sopak said of the Eagles. “Josh Stevenson was a first-team All-League guy as a sophomore last year and he will probably be a first team guy, if not an All-State candidate, this year as a junior.”
Sopak said he was glad to see his team put the bat on the ball as the game progressed.
“I thought our guys did really well. We went out and took good quality swings. Their pitcher (Stevenson) was starting to tire a little bit. When you put the ball in play, they have to make plays defensively. We were able to score a couple of runs,” he said.