The Rust College baseball program put the winning runs on the board during the fifth inning of both contests to cap the regular season with a six-game winning streak and an unblemished Continental Conference record at 7-0, beating Crowley’s Ridge by scores of 6-3 and 4-2 in seven.
For the trio of seniors; Tremaine Callaway, Khalil Robinson, and Allen Williams; all three student-athletes made significant contributions to the victories during their final ballgame in front of the Bearcat faithful.
Callaway went 4-for-6 (.667) including a 3-for-3 game one in which he drove in the game-tying run in the fourth with an RBI single back up the box into center.
Robinson hit .750 (3-for-4) on the afternoon with a double and a walk in each matchup to go along with scoring three of the club’s ten runs.
Williams got the ball to start the opener, striking out six Pioneers and allowing just one hit plus an earned run (two runs total) while constantly tight roping out of trouble in his three innings of work.
Jackson Bryant was absolutely phenomenal on the bump in game two, pitching his first complete game of the season with seven gritty innings of two-run baseball (one earned) with four strikeouts over 111 pitches to earn his second win of 2022.
Johnathan Finch was the victor in the first battle, tossing three innings of work and contributing four Ks while allowing a single run.
Calel Stephens secured the one-out save with an easy 5-3 groundout from Demar to Robinson to clinch game one.
Jalik Demar was a run producing machine for the Blue and White, churning out four of the team’s eight RBIs on the day with a sparkling 6-for-7 (.857) showing at the dish on top of scoring twice and stealing second on the basepaths.
The regular season has finished, and Coach Bates’ soldiers now must wait to see if they will be selected for either the Black College World Series in Montgomery, Alabama or the Continental Conference Tournament in Gwinnett, Georgia with berths in both events an attainable goal.