INDIAN HILL – With the return of so many good players from last year’s Division III state final appearance, it should not come as much of a surprise Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy is leading the Miami Valley Conference.
However, there are teams such as Summit Country Day and Cincinnati Country Day that are part of the fray and challenging CHCA for the MVC Scarlet title. The Knights and Indians played a game April 30 that epitomized the conference’s scrappy nature.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Indians were trailing 11-0 when they started to mount the comeback. A couple runs here and there helped prevent CCD from being run-ruled in the later innings.
Trailing 15-5 in the sixth inning, CCD made its first big move.
After senior Cameron Alldred was hit by a pitch to the load bases, fellow senior Austin Richey smacked a grand slam to cut the deficit almost in half.
Alldred went 3-for-4 with a double and Richey was 2-for-5 with six RBI in the game.
“Richey’s grand slam was huge especially in bouncing back from a pretty poor outing on the mound,” coach Tim Dunn said. “In his defense, he didn’t know he was pitching until 20 minutes before game time.”
Once Summit’s half of the seventh was complete, the Indians kept the rally alive.
With one out and a 15-13 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, the Indians loaded the bases. Then in bizarre fashion, the next three batters all walked to hand CCD the walk-off 16-15 win.
“I coached knothole for a while, too, and I haven’t seen anything like that before; that was strange,” the coach said of the comeback. “We’ll take it though. It was a good win.”
Cincinnati Country Day, ranked No. 5 in the Enquirer Division II-IV area coaches’ poll, improved to 14-4 this season. Summit Country Day, ranked No. 7, fell to 11-7.
Summit and CCD played again May 1.
Dunn is hopeful his team will start to play the way its state top-10 ranking says it should.
“We think we can make a pretty good run in the playoffs,” he said. “We made the final eight last year and only lost one senior. If we don’t play like this (April 30 against Summit), I think we’ll do pretty well.”