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Riverside Christian Academy’s baseball programs are in full swing this spring.
RCA’s varsity team won its only regular season game thus far against Franklin Road Christian, and the middle school team is 5-1 with wins over Fayetteville Middle School, Zion Christian Academy and Grace Christian Academy. The teams are coached by Danny Boggs and Kevin Whitworth.
Riverside Christian Academy’s varsity baseball team includes (front, from left) Caleb Durham, Jacob Anderson, Lucas Bradford, Avery Win-sett, Josh Brooks, Storm Smith, Logan Crabtree, (rear) Coach Kevin Whitworth, Mason Forchetti, Josh Hill, Josh Mills, Eli Wright and Coach Danny Boggs.
RCA junior Josh Mills got the win over Franklin Road Christian on March 11, and sophomore Josh Hill got the save. Mills had six strikeouts, no walks and one hit; Hill had six strikeouts, one walk and no hits. Eli Wright went three for three; Mason Forchetti was one for three with a double and two RBIs; Josh Hill went two for three; and Lucas Bradford and Ryan Campbell went one for two.
Coach Danny Boggs said his high school baseball team has really benefited from some of the younger players who are playing varsity baseball for the first time this year.
“Our young players give us more speed in the outfield which shores up the middle of the game with our two seniors, Mason Forchetti and Josh Brooks, at short stop and second base. We also got some help at catcher from Eli Wright, an eighth-grader, which means our upperclassmen can play the infield,” said Coach Boggs. “We were excited to be able to get Ryan Campbell back on the field after an injury from basketball season. He’s a good outfielder and will help us a lot.”
Coach Boggs said that he is working on hitting with the high school teams. The Knights had a slow start at the plate in their preseason games, but improved with eight hits in the game against Franklin Road Christian.
“Batting practice is helping, and the boys are working hard and taking instruction well. They are learning a lot, and it’s obvious the practice is helping,” said Coach Boggs.
Josh Brooks and Mason Forchetti are the two seniors on the Knights’ team this year. Coach Boggs said they are the team’s captains and do a great job supporting the coaches and their teammates and helping teach and guide the younger players.
“We’ve had winning seasons at RCA in baseball since the program began. We plan to continue that, and I think we’re off to a good start,” said Coach Boggs.
Riverside Christian Academy’s Middle School Knights are (front, from left) Andy Black, Chase Patterson, Logan Crabtree, Riley Hall, David Black, (rear) Coach Kevin Whitworth, Jacob Anderson, Tyler Southard, Eli Wright, Trey Dollar, Avery Winsett, Storm Smith and Coach Danny Boggs.
RCA’s middle school baseball program is off to a great start this year with five wins over Fayetteville Middle, Zion Christian Academy and Grace Christian Academy and one loss to Fayetteville Middle. The Knights have a lot of experience at the middle school level with eight eighth-grade players. Coach Boggs said the team has two great pitchers in Eli Wright and Trey Dollar and some good developing younger pitchers.
“We have a lot of older players with good experience, but we also have several younger players who are playing school ball for the first time, so the larger field is always a factor to adjust to, but they’re doing a great job and learning a lot in practice,” said Coach Boggs.
Coach Boggs also said that RCA is excited to have Coach Whitworth as a new addition to the school family.
“Coach Whit has a lot of baseball experience under his belt. His dad played for the St. Louis Cardinals organization and his brother is a talent scout for the Mariners, so he adds a lot of knowledge to our staff and the program,” said Coach Boggs.
RCA’s middle and high school teams will both travel to Murfreesboro today to play the Middle Tennessee Heat. On Thursday, the middle school team will face off against Fayetteville Middle at 6 p.m. and the varsity team will play Huntland at home at 4 p.m.