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New Life Academy baseball: Eagles improve to 10-3, nab second seed in playoffs

New Life Academy's Sam Mazzon rips a hit in a recent game.

The New Life Academy baseball team improved its record to 10-3 overall after three wins last week and claimed the No. 2 seed in this week's Section 4A tournament.

New Life, currently second in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference with a 6-1 record, beat three non-conference foes last week: St. Paul Academy 14-8 on Monday, St. Croix Lutheran 12-7 on Tuesday and Columbia Heights 12-1 on Wednesday. The Eagles have now won 10 straight games.

With its spectacular regular season, New Life earned the second seed in the Section 4A playoffs and is set to start the playoffs on Saturday, May 25, at Bielenberg Sports Complex. West Lutheran, which is first in the MCAA with an 8-0 mark, is the No. 1 seed. New Life and West Lutheran were scheduled to play Tuesday, May 21, after the Bulletin went to press.

On the year, sophomore infielder Sam Horner leads the team in batting, hitting a blistering .489 with a team-best 23 runs and 14 walks, to go along with eight extra-base hits and 11 RBI in 45 at-bats. Junior shortstop John Horner is second in batting for the Eagles, hitting .422 in 45 at-bats with a team-best 10 extra-base hits (six doubles, two triples and a home run) and eight RBI. Junior infielder Sam Mazzon leads the team in RBIs with 20, to go along with a .356 batting average and Alex Busch is hitting .370, while Simon Killeen his hitting .341 as well.

On the mound, John Horner has been nearly untouchable. He's 2-0 in six appearances with one hit allowed in 12.1 innings, striking out 18 and not allowing a run. Sophomore Seth Rice has been nearly as good, going 2-1 in five appearances with a 1.31 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.