Baseball splits on day two of Dallas Christian tournament

Dallas, Texas – Looking to finish the Dallas Christian College tournament on a high note, Central Baptist College baseball was back on Crusader Field on Saturday, Feb. 6, for games against Mid-America Christian and Dallas Christian. CBC (2-2) split again, falling 6-0 to Mid-America Christian in game one before winning game two 11-8 over Dallas Christian on a walk-off home run.

Fernando Escapita and Garon Johnson were the starters for the Mustangs, and neither last past the fourth inning in their starts. CBC pounded three home runs, all in game two, courtesy of Ruben Hernandez, Will Hodges and Griffith Olinde.


CBC was only able to garner five hits against Mid-America Christian in the first game of the day, with a hit apiece for Hodges, Kelvin Volquez, who had the lone extra base hit, a double, Olinde, Steven Stewart and Dalton Burt. MACU scored two in the first and four in the fourth, all off Escapita, who was the loser, throwing 3.1 innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on four hits with four strikeouts. Steven Huff relieved Escapita and finished the contest, pitching 2.2 innings of hitless relief, allowing a walk and a hit by pitch while striking out two.


CBC jumped on top quickly in game two, scoring three in the second to take a 3-0 lead. DCC added a run in the third to make it 3-1 and tied the game in the fifth with a pair of runs in that inning. DCC then took the lead, 8-3, with five in the top of the sixth before CBC cut the deficit to one, 8-7, in the bottom half. After Griffin Smith, who recorded the final out of the sixth, held the Crusaders scoreless in the seventh, Kelvin Volquez tied the game with a single and Olinde won the game with the three-run walk-off home run to cap the four-run seventh. Smith was the winner, throwing a perfect 1.1 innings. Volquez had three hits and an RBI, Hodges had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs and Ruben Hernandez had three RBIs in addition to his home run. Johnson started and threw two innings, allowing a hit and an unearned run with three walks and three strikeouts. Kyle Collins followed, throwing two hitless innings and allowing two walks while striking out two. Jeff Hillsdon threw .1 innings and allowed two hits and two earned runs with a walk and a strikeout. Caleb Muns struck out both batters he faced and Daniel Martinez allowed five runs (one earned) on two hits with four walks and two Ks in .2 innings.


CBC plays their home opening doubleheader tomorrow at noon against Ecclesia at Victory Field at Conway Christian School. Fans will be allowed in attendance and you can find coverage of the game if you like @gocbcmustangs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.