Strong Finish to 2019 GICAA Season for The Barons


Marietta, GA

The Greater Gwinnett Christian Barons faced The Kings Academy in a series of three games to decide the 2019 GICAA division II State Champions. The series was played Tuesday May 15th and Wednesday May 16th, 2019.

Game 1: Barons 6- Kings Academy 5

The Barons took a late lead to win game 1. The game was tied at five with The Barons batting in the top of the sixth when an error scored one run.

David Walker was the winning pitcher for The Barons. He allowed eight hits and five runs over five innings, striking out four. Brandon Nugue threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.

The Barons racked up seven hits on the day. Andrew Shadburn and David Walker each had multiple hits. Shadburn went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the team in hits. The team didn’t commit a single error in the field. Joe Dreslinski had the most chances in the field with nine.

Game 2: Barons 2- Kings Academy 3

Both teams were strong on the mound on Tuesday, but Kings Academy Varsity was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over The Barons on Tuesday. Graham Adams started the game for Barons JV and recorded 21 outs. The Barons lost despite out-hitting Kings Academy Varsity eight to four.

The Barons got things started in the first inning when Brandon Nugue singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

Adams surrendered three runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out seven and walking zero. The Barons tallied eight hits. Andrew Shadburn and Adams each managed multiple hits. Shadburn led The Barons with three hits in three at bats.

Game 3: Barons 3- Kings Academy 4

A walk-off left The Barons on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat to Kings Academy Varsity on Wednesday.

Nugue led things off on the hill for The Barons. He surrendered three runs on four hits over six innings, striking out seven. Kings Academy Varsity evened things up at three in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kings Academy Varsity scored two runs when Berggren doubled.

The Barons tallied three runs in the sixth inning. The Barons’ big inning was driven by doubles by Dreslinski and Nugue.

The game was tied at three with Kings Academy Varsity batting in the bottom of the seventh when Hembree singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run. The Barons lost despite out-hitting Kings Academy Varsity six to five. Nugue and Shadburn each collected two hits to lead The Barons.

With only four seniors, The Barons more than held their own in this series against an older team. The coaches are extremely proud of these young men, who exemplified unparalleled sportsmanship throughout the series and the season.