LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Covenant College wrapped up a strong fall with Championship Weekend. The Scots were divided into three equal teams the first week of fall practice and these three teams competed over the fall to decide the Scots intrasquad champion. Team 3 took down team 2 in the semifinal game, and then promptly defeated team 1 in the championship game by a score of 1-0.
Team 3, led offensively by K.C. Simons (who went 6 -for-16 on the fall) and Will Cleland (who was 5-for-15) had no wins and a pair of ties coming into Championship Weekend, but they came together on the final day to win it all. Garret Kristen and Stephen Wray combined for six shutout innings in the win. Stephen Wray also stole home to account for the game's only run. Team 1 (who hadn't lost all fall) featured two of the program's top power hitters, Patrick Sanderson (who led all Scots this fall with two home runs) and junior David Lockwood (who is coming off a monster sophomore campaign).
Micah Mabe stepped up big for team 2 and helped them salvage a win in the final game against team 1. Mabe was nearly un-hittable all fall and yielded zero earned runs in nine innings of work, while striking out 10. Freshman pitcher Jonah Paul pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run and striking out five. Team 1's Keith Rice (who, as a sophomore, has the most experience of all returning pitchers) pitched seven innings and struck out nine.
Team 3 had many heroes emerge for their pitching staff; Tyler Condrey pitched eight innings and gave up no runs all fall. Spencer Smith and Nick Hyatt also combined to go 17 innings and give up only two runs.
Junior outfielder, Paul Phillips (who was also on the winning team) said, "I'm so proud of our guys for stepping up and winning it all. Tyler Condrey set the tone on the mound in game 1 and Garrett Kristen and Stephen Wray continued that in the championship game. That 1 run was all we needed with how they pitched and everybody played great defense behind them." Team 3 will get to enjoy the rest of the fall exempt from the team grooming policy as a reward for winning, Phillips added, "feels great to finally win it all."