2019 Freedom Classic Feb 24th at Kinston’s Grainger Field

2019 Freedom Classic Feb 24th at Kinston’s Grainger Field

Air Force sweeps Sunday’s twin bill to win 2019 Freedom Classic

New Bern HS NJROTC Color Guard, Cadet Ethan Bennett, Cadet Conner Reagan, Cadet Gabriella Freyburger, and Cadet Christopher Hartley
NBHS NJROTC Cadets and Commander

The Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy have played in the Freedom Classic nine consecutive years. Following AFA’s doubleheader sweep Sunday at Historic Grainger Stadium, it’s the ninth straight season neither team has won all three games of a single Classic.

In front of an estimated 2,000 fans, the Falcons defeated Navy 6-4 in Game 1 of the doubleheader and 7-2 in the nightcap to win the 2019 Freedom Classic, two games to one. Navy won Friday’s opener, 2-1, but following Saturday’s rainout, Air Force won both halves of Sunday’s twin bill to claim its fifth Freedom Classic title. The Falcons also won the Freedom Classic in 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2012. Navy won in 2011, 2016 and 2018 and the teams tied two games to two in the only four-game series in 2013.

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