13 May, 2021
HOUSTON - The Pioneers have something special going on the south side of town.
On Thursday, Lutheran South Academy defeated Southwest Christian School Fort Worth in dominating fashion with a 16-0 victory to claim the TAPPS Division II State Championship.
For the Pioneers this is the fourth in program history and the fourth in the last six seasons. LSA has now won titles in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021. If COVID-19 hadn't of knocked out the 2020 season there is a chance this could be a three-peat for the Pioneers.
LSA jumped out early with an RBI single and double from Tyler Ehlinger and Easton Brenner, respectively, making it 2-0 after the second inning. After Tyler Helpenstill drove in a run with a single in the third, the Pioneers blew the doors open in the fourth.
The Pioneers pushed across three runs on a double play groundout, wild pitch and RBI single from Christian Melillo, making it 6-0.
In the fifth, Brenner added two more RBIs to his day with a double and finished the game 4 of 4 with three RBIs. Melillo had another RBI single, which made it 9-0. In the seventh, LSA tacked on one seven runs to push the lead out to 16-0, which would be the final score.
Nelson Klein, who set down the first nine batters he faced, was lights out on the mound pitching a complete game shutout in the TAPPS Division II State Championship game.
Earlier this spring, the Concordia Lutheran and entire baseball community gathered to honor the late Rick Lynch.
In a beautiful on-field ceremony, the Lynch family was presented a pair of signed No. 25 jerseys, the players were wearing commemorative No. 25 hats and his jersey was officially retired. Also, the field at Concordia Lutheran High School was renamed Rick Lynch field.
The Crusaders baseball team has been playing for their late coach all season and on Wednesday Concordia Lutheran will play in the TAPPS Division I State Semifinal against St. Thomas in Waco. If they win, they will play for the TAPPS Division II State Championship on Thursday.
Check out this VYPE Feature on the special night where Rick Lynch was officially immortalized at Concordia Lutheran High School.
Photo by Bradley Collier || VYPE Media
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