Undefeated Joy Christian shuts down Pirates, 10-0

Neah-Kah-Nie’s baseball team dropped a 10-0 decision to Joy Christian Monday in the first round of the Coach Bob invitational in Phoenix.

Freshman Ronan Kopp threw a one-hitter for the Eagles, playing on their home field in Arizona.

Undefeated Joy Christian jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, then added two more runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings to easily pull away for the win.

The win was the second of the day for the Eagles after beating Oregon’s Grant Union by a 5-1 earlier in the day.

Against the Pirates, the Eagles (10-0) pounded out 10 runs on seven hits – including two home runs. Joy Christian also had three doubles.

Neah-Kah-Nie plays Desert Edge (Arizona) Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The Pirates are scheduled to play Green Mountain of Colorado Wednesday at noon at Apollo High School, then face Ketchikan (Alaska) in a 12:30 p.m. contest Thursday.

The Coach Bob invitational has more than 100 schools participating from the states of California, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada and Arizona.