Later in the game, Stewart hit a home run, his fourth of the series and 24th of the season. He has been the team’s best hitter all season, and he came to play this week.
“He’s pretty important; that’s putting it mildly,” Providence Christian coach Adam Cantrell said. “He’s a great kid, a great ball player. I’m very fortunate to have him on our team.”
His 24 home runs broke his own school record, set last year with 15. Stewart, who is a junior, first set the school record as a freshman, when he belted 13.
It wasn’t just offense that came through for the Stars on Wednesday, though, as No. 3 starter Smith held down a Tigers offense that scored 26 runs the previous day.
He nearly got the complete game, but had to be pulled after giving up a run in the top of the fifth, when the Stars had a chance to end the game. Stidham ended it with an RBI single in the bottom of that inning.
Despite being the No. 3 starter, Stewart gives his team a boost every time he takes the mound, Cantrell said.
“Our kids have a lot of confidence in him,” Cantrell said. “He’s a ballplayer. He’s not any bigger than a drink of water, but he loves baseball and loves to compete.”
Providence Christian will host Treutlen for a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, and the deciding game will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, if necessary.