CROSBY — The Calvary Lions used a late-inning rally Saturday to earn a trip to the TAPPS Division IV state tournament and needed the same magic Thursday afternoon against El Paso Faith Christian.
It was Faith Christian that came up with the late heroics, scoring six times in the fifth inning to roll to a 7-1 victory and advance into Friday’s championship game.
Faith will face Pasadena First Baptist in the title game. Pasadena defeated Bryan Brazos Christian 5-4.
Calvary jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Lane Pirkle opened the game with a leadoff walk and came around to score on Blake Mikeal’s single.
That lead held up until the third, when Faith knotted the score at 1.
Two innings later, Faith scored six times to take a 7-1 lead and Calvary couldn’t answer.
Faith’s Alan Calzada went the distance on the mound, limiting the Lions to three hits, striking out seven and walking three.
Mikeal suffered the loss for Calvary, allowing six hits and four runs before Pirkle went in and allowed three hits and three runs.
Mikeal had two of Calvary’s hits while Blake Walsh had one.
Calvary wraps the season with a 14-11 record.
El Paso Faith Christian 7, Calvary 1
El Paso Faith 001 006 0 — 7 9 0
Calvary 100 000 0 — 1 3 0
WP – Alan Calzada. LP – Blake Mikeal. 2B – Mario Chacon (Faith Christian). Records – Calvary (14-11); El Paso Faith Christian (22-11-1)