Cross Keys gets first wins since 2019 season

Cross Keys High School’s baseball team’s season recently came to an end, but the program secured its first win since 2019 this season when Cross Keys defeated The Cottage School 9-6 in March.

Cross Keys’ baseball program struggled through a two-game COVID season in 2020 and a COVID-related 2021 season resulting in no wins since the final game of the 2019 season.

The Indians also broke a streak of 187 games without winning back-to-back games when they followed the March 14 win with a 7-6 victory over The Cottage School on March 21. The last time the Indians won back-to-back games was April 22 of 2010 when they put together wins over Avondale (15-9) and Lithonia (11-5).

In the 2022 season, the squad finished 0-6. Head coach Marion Hill’s 2023 team was 0-3 heading into the March 14 road contest with The Cottage School. However, junior pitcher Miquel Mota keyed the big win pitching five innings with eight strikeouts and allowing just three earned runs and three walks.

Mota was also 2-3 at the plate. He drove in two runs and scored three runs with a double and three stolen bases.

Senior infielder Martin Garcia contributed a 2-3 day with his bat knocking in two runs. He scored three runs himself with four stolen bases. Alexis Gopar was 1-2 swinging the bat with two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Sophomore Alan Gomez scored two runs while going 2-4; freshman Justin Gutierrez was 1-3 and junior Alberto Correa was 1-2.

Cross Keys finished with nine hits and 11 stolen bases in the first win against The Cottage School.

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