Cedar Park Christian’s Brandon McClean fires away last season. Reporter file photo

Cedar Park Christian’s Brandon McClean fires away last season. Reporter file photo

Cedar Park Christian players excited to be back in action

Cedar Park Christian brings its baseball brotherhood back on the field after taking second place in the 1A state tournament last season.

King’s Way Christian defeated the Eagles, 5-3, in the final and the locals finished with a 24-3 record.

Hitting and defense were huge for Cedar Park Christian last season as the Eagles hit .334 as a team and committed just 23 errors.

It’s safe to say that coach Matt Stevens is thrilled for what awaits this year.

“We get to be a part of a special community while playing a game. What is not to be excited about? I am excited to see my players challenge themselves, grow and achieve like they never have before,” he said.

The Eagles, who were 6-0 in league and 7-2 overall at press time, return top players in senior George Reidy (third base, pitcher) and juniors Michael Doyle (center field, infielder), Brandon McClean (pitcher, shortstop) and Ben Hann (pitcher, first base, outfield).

“George is our leader on and off the field. He lives and plays with joy and passion that is infectious,” Stevens said.

Stevens’ keys to Eagle success include every-day improvement, minimizing mistakes on the pitching and defense fronts and getting talented first-year varsity players to sport the attitude and confidence to play at the top level.

“We are about much more than success on the field. While we have been able to maintain significant success on the field, we are about developing young men to be influential leaders in this world for the glory of God,” Stevens said. “We teach unity, accountability and hard work, while maintaining a proper perspective of our higher calling in life.”

SOFTBALL

Cedar Park Christian has again teamed up with Providence Classical Christian to dive into another softball season.

Coach Stephanie Fazio’s squad knocked out two victories alongside a pair of losses to begin the campaign. In a 14-3 victory over Darrington, pitcher Cheyenne Nelson got the win with 11 strikeouts and surrendered just two hits. On the batting front, Grace Orr had two hits, including a double. The squad ran rampant on the basepaths with heaps of stolen bases, including seven by Orr, six by Grace Stiger and five by Ellie Chi.

In an 11-4 triumph over Vashon Island, Stiger had three hits — including a homer — and two RBIs; Nelson had three hits and an RBI; and Chi added two hits. Taylor Harding and Nelson had five stolen bases each and Nelson earned the win from the pitchers’ circle.

Nelson had three hits and four RBIs and Orr had two hits and three RBIs in the Eagles’ 22-8 victory over Archbishop Murphy on March 29.

At press time, the team was 1-1 in league and 2-3 overall.

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