Moore, Ok - Rivalry gamess are always tough. Ask Duke and North Carolina or the Red Sox and Yankees. This continued to prove true for the Dallas Christian College baseball team this weekend in Oklahoma as they headed North for four games with region rival, Randall University. Games one and two were played on Friday in Moore and the Crusaders wasted no time in making a statement as starting pitcher Adriel Davila went the distance throwing a complete game allowing only one run. The bats were hot throughout the contest as DCC was able to rack up nine hits including a perfect 4 for 4 with one RBI for junior Jacob Patlan. The boys would roll to a quick 4-1 win in the early afternoon. Game two would prove to be more of the same as the Crusaders racked up season highs in hits with 20 and runs scored with 14 enroute to a smooth 14-6 victory. Perhaps the most impressive Crusaders in the route was senior Outfielder Cameron Henderson and Shortstop Adriel Davila who each knocked in four runs on the day to give DCC a 2-0 series lead.
Saturday would be more of the same in the first game of the day as junior Ruggeri Thomas took the mound for the Crusaders and pitched a complete game shutout while only allowing 4 hits and striking out seven batters. On the offensive side of the ball the Crusaders were paced by Henderson who once again knocked in four runs and was only a homerun short of hitting for the cycle. DCC would go on to win the game 6-0. Game four would prove to be the only stumbling block as the Crusaders would drop the game in extra innings 1-2. Taking three games from the Saints puts DCC in sole possession of third place in the conference standings with one series remaining.
"I'm proud of the effort we got from the boys this weekend," said Coach Dixon. "Hopefully, we're clicking at just the right time."
DCC will be back in action on Tuesday as they head to Abilene, Tx for a single game with Abilene Christian University before coming home for the final series of the season with Manhattan Christian College next weekend.