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Keswick Christian Remains Perfect With 6-3 Victory

Quinton Pertkiewickz takes a big lead towards second.

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The Keswick Christian Crusaders continued their perfect start to the season by winning a hard fought match up against Sarasota Christian 6-3 at home Tuesday night. After three convincing, double digit victories, the Crusaders (7-0) have now won back to back close games to keep their great start to the season rolling.

Senior Josh Guerin took to the mound for the Crusaders and picked up the victory, his second of the year. Guerin threw 83 pitches over four innings of work only allowing two runs, one of them earned, on seven hits. He struck out eight of the 20 batters he faced on the night. Tanner Suarez came into the game in the fifth inning to close out the game, throwing 42 pitches, with his only blemish being a solo home run allowed. Suarez didn’t allow a hit for the remainder of the game, recording three strikeouts.

The Crusaders got on the board early when Quinton Pertkiewickz sent a fly ball deep over the center-field wall for a home-run in the bottom of the first inning. Sarasota Christian tied the game in the top half of the third inning when Schmucker crossed the plate after a single by Martin and an error on the Crusaders.

The game didn’t remain tied for very long. Nick Boesch led the inning off with a single to center-field and quickly advanced to third on an error and a wild pitch committed by Sarasota Christian. Boesch scored the go-ahead run when junior Josh Paulton sent a 3-2 pitch sailing into right field for a double. A ground-ball hit by Pertkiewickz brought home Paulton for the third run of the inning. The Crusaders added three more runs to take a 6-1 lead into the fourth.

Despite being down five runs, Sarasota Christian fought hard and competed with the undefeated Crusaders. Sarasota Christian closed the gap to 6-3 with a run each in the top of the fourth and sixth inning, but the deficit ultimately proved to be too large to overcome.

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