(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Fans were treated to a pair of exciting games as Walsh closed out the season with Wayne State at Biery Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (32-16, 19-11) defeated the Warriors (31-17, 20-10) in walk-off fashion in the opening game, but came up just short in a high-scoring 15-14 affair in the regular season finale.
The twin bill featured two of the top ranked teams in the region with Walsh ranked at No. 8 and Wayne State at No. 2 in last week's poll.
In the opener, the Cavaliers scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to come from behind and down Wayne State. Jordan Grubb was the hero of the day as he launched a pitch over the wall in left center to win the game. Luke Caple and Johnny Knight IV both scored on the play.'
The Maroon and Gold initially took the lead in the opening frame when Andrew Stalnaker homered to left field to also score Marcus Bobb. After Wayne State scored solo runs in the second and third to tie, Walsh led once again when Conner scored on a fielder's choice RBI by Knight.
Wayne State took a 4-3 lead in the fourth with a two-RBI single and extended its lead in the next frame with a solo run.
Joey Beals came on in relief to pitch the final two frames and record the win, his first decision of the season. He didn't allow a single hit and struck out one of the seven batters he faced. Starter Matt Iosue went the first five and struck out five in the no-decision.
Game two was a marathon with runs scored in seven of the nine innings. There were six lead changes and seven home runs total hit in the game.
The Cavs' final push came in the sixth when they rallied for five runs to take a 14-11 lead. Caple and James Thomas both hit two-RBI doubles in the frame while Szink added an RBI single.
Grubb homered once again in the game. Conner and Caple also added round trips in the loss.
With the regular season now complete, Walsh will continue to the postseason as the No. 4 seed in this week's GLIAC Tournament in Xenia, Ohio. They will play No. 3 Tiffin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.