It’s been a baseball-and-baby kind of week for Central Arkansas Christian baseball coach Hayden Cruce.
Cruce’s Mustangs went 3-1 last week to improve to 12-5 overall and 9-1 in combined conference play.
On Sunday, daughter Sadie Claire was born, joining Cruce, his wife Megan and older brother Jace.
Monday, the Mustangs’ conference doubleheader showdown with Lonoke was rained out. At press time, it was rescheduled for Wednesday.
“We kept looking at the radar and thought if we started at 4 (p.m.), we might get one in, but about 3:50 the bottom dropped on us,” Cruce said. “We didn’t even get started.”
At press time, the Jackrabbits were 11-8 overall and 7-1 in combined conference play.
The Mustangs will play host to Class 5A Sylvan Hills (19-2) on Thursday.
“That will be a very tough test for us, especially after playing a doubleheader on Wednesday,” Cruce said. “Coach (Denny) Tipton does a great job. They are very talented, but any time we have a chance to be on the field with one of the best teams in the state, that does nothing but make us better.”
The Mustangs will then play their final conference doubleheader Tuesday, April 18, at Episcopal Collegiate. The Wildcats were 5-12 at press time.
Last week, CAC swept a conference doubleheader from eStem, 10-0 and 15-1; and beat Class 5A Pulaski Academy, 1-0.
“We took care of our business against eStem,” Cruce said. “They are a newer program getting things up and going. We’ve played them the last three years, and every year they’re better. Overall, we played solid.”
Freshman Samuel Pitre pitched a six-inning, complete-game shutout for the win in Game 1.
Against PA, Tanner Weber’s sacrifice fly got Hunter Corbell home in the sixth.
“That was a fun game,” Cruce said. “We played really well. They threw their best; we threw our best. It was highly competitive. We were lucky to be able to scratch a run to finish it out.”
Braden Quesinberry got the start. Rhett James picked up the win in relief.
On Friday, the Mustangs lost to Heber Springs, 6-0.
“We didn’t play as well as we needed to play,” Cruce said. “They’re very solid. They, don’t make a lot of mistakes. They are second in their blended conference and will be one of the top teams in our district.