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Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

FORT MYERS — One of the most impressive streaks in high school baseball came to an end early Friday morning.

Calvary Christian lost the Class 4A state championship 5-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Hammond Stadium in a game that ended at 12:37 a.m. due to a weather delay. The loss snapped the Warriors' 60-game win streak dating to the 2016 season. It is still a state record by 12 games.

The Warriors (30-1) were attempting to win a second straight state title.

"Everything good comes to an end eventually," Calvary Christian senior catcher Matheu Nelson said.

Braden Halladay, son of former major league pitcher Roy Halladay who died in a November plane crash, started for the Warriors and pitched four-plus innings. He was charged with three earned runs.

"This is probably the most confident and calm I've ever felt in my whole life," Halladay said. "I don't know why. I just felt good. They hit some of the mistakes I made and that's what good teams do."

The difference proved to be the fifth inning. The Eagles got two straight hits off Halladay to lead off the inning. Josh Emerson came on in relief and gave up another single to load the bases. Roberto Pena then ripped a two-strike single that plated two runs to make it 3-1. Emerson got out of the inning, but those runs were enough for Eagles' starter Skylar Gonzalez.

Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (17-15, 11 forfeit losses) tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh on a hit batter and a wild pitch.

Halladay and the Warriors got off to a shaky start. After getting the first two outs in the first inning, Raynel Delgado walked. Roberto Pena doubled home Delgado to make it 1-0.

Calvary Christian starter Braden Halladay gets a hug from Warrior head coach Greg Olsen moments before Halladay ended his night after four innings. Calvary ended up losing 5-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, ending a state-record winning streak of 60 straight games. (SCOTT PURKS, Special to the Times)

The score stayed that way until the third. Sam Gordon doubled with one out. Eric Kennedy then layed down a perfect bunt to third. The throw to get Kennedy was errant, which allowed Gordon to score the tying run.

After that run scored, the Warriors got a runner to second base only once. They were outhit 8-4. Roberto Pena led the Eagles with two hits and three RBIs.

"Everybody hates to lose but you can't say that we didn't put it all on the line," senior centerfielder Kennedy said. "You can't say we didn't give it everything we had. Baseball is baseball. You want to win every game, but 60 straight is unheard of. It's crazy. You never dream of going undefeated in a season, let alone two seasons."

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