Baseball Wins First Playoff Game in Five Years

Fresh start, second season, or whatever else you want to call it. 

A Christ School varsity baseball team with renewed life came out swinging with some focus and aggression in the second round of the NCISAA 4-A state playoffs. 

Jonathan Reece ’25, Luka Rose ’25, and Jake Gravley ’24 made Bourne Field look like a hitter-friendly park, each homering in Wednesday afternoon’s 8-2 home win over Cannon School. 

This is the first playoff win for the Greenie program since 2019. 

Jonathan and leadoff Jakob Iwanek ’24 both accounted for a team-high two hits, with the RBIs coming from Jonathan (three), Luka (two), and Jake (one), an Asbury University recruit who leads Christ School (12-13) this spring with four homers. 

Luka got things started in Wednesday’s bottom of the first inning with his home run, a shot deep to right field. Jake and Jonathan went back-to-back to start the bottom of the third inning. 

No issues with run support meant that Western Carolina University recruit Charlie Collins ’24 only needed to throw 53 pitches. He struck out seven Cannon batters in four hitless, scoreless innings. The Greenies then went to the bullpen for Garin Gosnell ‘27 and Brevard College recruit Jacob Wilde ’24 to close it out. 

Sixth-seeded Christ School advances to play a state quarterfinal game at No. 3 Metrolina Christian Academy (25-1) on Saturday. A game time has yet to be determined.