Last season wasn't too kind to Eden Christian Academy's varsity baseball team. Competing in the WPIAL for the first time, the Warriors suffered through an 0-16 rookie campaign. Early on this spring, however, they already experienced some encouragement through a pair of non-section victories.
After opening its schedule with a 10-2 loss against Keystone Oaks, Eden Christian (2-1) followed up with a 16-10 win over Obama Academy before knocking off Perry Traditional Academy, 5-2. Sophomore pitcher Andrew Hachmeister tossed five innings against the Commodores and registered 13 strikeouts.
Hachmeister as well as juniors Noah Bailey and Andreas Bailey, who are twin brothers, return as three of the Warriors' top pitchers. Seniors Jonah Simons and Will Schmotzer as well as sophomores Evan DeMarco, Matt Knauer, Dave Williams also are back as returning starters.
Eden Christian is competing in Section 5-A this year and will try to challenge for a playoff spot against Avella, Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Cornell and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The Warriors open section play this week against Bishop Canevin on April 7 and Brentwood on April 9.