(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The Walsh baseball team swept its rival Malone in doubleheader by scores of 8-2 and 9-3 at Biery Stadium Wednesday afternoon. The sweep gives the Cavaliers (19-7) a 3-1 series win over the Pioneers (15-11) after a split last week.
The games were originally scheduled to be played at Jackson High School, but due to prior commitments, Malone's home games were played at Walsh.
Luke Caple had an incredible day as he went a combined 6-for-10 with three runs scored and an RBI. He went 3-for-5 with a double in each game.
Top to bottom, Walsh was strong from the plate with a combined 22 hits. In the opener, the Maroon and Gold banged out 13 of them with every batter recording at least one hit. In addition to Caple, Andrew Stalnaker and Jordan Grubb had multiple hit games. Both of them added two RBI en route to the win.
Malone opened the game with the first two runs in the bottom of the first, but Walsh responded with one run in the second and took the lead in the third when Grubb singled through the left side to bring in Stalnaker and Austin Szink.
Hyatt Shenefield proceeded to shut down the Pioneers as he remained unbeaten and went to 4-0 on the season. Outside of the first inning, he kept Malone hitless in his final four innings. He struck out five before Nick Bebout came in for the final two frames with four strikeouts.
In the second game, Walsh jumped on Malone with three runs in the top of the first. After Malone threatened with two runs in the fourth to make the score 5-3 in favor of the Cavs, Walsh bounced back with three more runs in the fifth highlighted by Eric Conner's fifth home run of the season.
Mark Mittiga started the game and shut down the Pioneers as well as he scattered four hits and struck out three. He allowed three runs, all of which were unearned, in six innings of work. Justin Hovorka, Luke Miller, and Frank Frate all came in and pitched one inning of relief work.
Walsh will head into the weekend competition against another former and future conference rival with Cedarville. The Cavs are currently scheduled to play the G-MAC school on Friday and Saturday.