(XENIA, Ohio) – No. 4 Walsh fell in its opening game of the GLIAC Tournament by a score of 3-2 to No. 3 Tiffin at Grady's Field at the Athletes In Action Sports Complex on Thursday evening. The Cavaliers (32-17) will now take on top-seeded Northwood at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
The Cavs jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Johnny Knight IV hit a solo home run in the fourth and Eric Conner hit a sacrifice fly to score Tyson Lautanen in the fifth. Knight's round trip came after a lengthy at-bat when he sent the eighth pitch to left field on a full count.
Tiffin (30-20) answered in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. The Dragons' Kyle Durham opened the inning with a single to center and later scored on a wild pitch. Jack Dennis scored the second run in the next at-bat on a grounder to first.
Dennis provided the go-ahead run two innings later when Kurt Barbeau singled up the middle.
Walsh had its opportunities to tie or regain the lead, but the Maroon and Gold left seven runners on base across the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
Matt Iosue suffered the loss to drop to 7-3 on the season. He scattered four hits and struck out one in 6.1 innings of work before Joey Beals relieved him to complete the seventh. Alex Zander pitched a hitless eighth.
The Cavs now must win against the Timberwolves tomorrow to stay alive in the tournament. Northwood defeated No. 6 Hillsdale 14-0 to open the tournament this morning.