CARY, N.C. – The Christian Brothers Purple Wave can head home to Memphis, Tenn. from the National High School Invitational with confidence that there are plenty of good things to come.
They can also make the trip with the comfort of knowing that they won their final game of the tournament, a 5-0 victory over the Jenks (Okla.) Trojans.
After struggling offensively in their first two games, the top of the Christian Brothers lineup has appeared to find their swings. According to assistant coach Joey Harris, that's all the team needs.
"Between Tyler Lawrence and Chris Carrier, Michael Halley and John Wesley Ray, those four right there, the rest of the team feeds off of them," Harris said after Friday's matchup. "When those guys are hitting, everybody's going to hit."
In Saturday's game, the top four hitters notched all four of the team's RBIs, sharing the success with one apiece. Halley went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk while Lawrence added two hits of his own and Ray had one.
The offense backed a great outing by righthander Brandon Wilhelm, who finished all seven innings and allowed just four hits, one walk and struck out four. The only Trojans batter who appeared to figure Wilhelm out was Erik Kanady, who notched three of the Jenks hits.
Christian Brothers finished the tournament with a 2-2 record while Jenks heads home with only one win in Cary under its belt.