(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh and Ohio Dominican split its first mid-week doubleheader of the season with the Cavaliers winning the opener 11-1 before the Panthers won a marathon 18-16 decision in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Cavaliers (22-8, 10-4) received another masterful performance by Hyatt Shenefield as he limited the Panthers (16-13, 7-7) one run on eight hits and two walks over six innings of work. He struck out five while he improved to 5-0 on the season.
Walsh wasted no time in getting the offense started as Eric Conner homered to left center in the bottom of the first. The Cavaliers then exploded for seven runs in the second highlighted by Austin Szink's three-run shot to left field that scored Conner and Luke Caple.
Conner had a spectacular game as he went 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored.
Game 2 had a little bit of everything happen in it as both teams combined for 34 runs, 37 hits, 11 errors, nine home runs, and a triple play. Unfortunately for the Cavs, it was the Panthers who had the last laugh as they rallied to tie the game in the ninth and scored two in the 12th to win the game.
Ohio Dominican jumped on top early before the Cavaliers eventually took a 7-6 lead thanks to Tyson Lautanen's grand slam in the bottom of the third.
The Cavs scored five more in the seventh with Caple hitting a home run and Szink hitting a triple to bring in Andrew Stalnaker.
Walsh will return to action this Friday to start a four-game series with Findlay.