(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh swept Lake Erie in the first part of their split series by scores of 12-5 and 10-3 on a sunny Friday afternoon at Biery Stadium. The Cavaliers (18-14, 11-6) moved one game ahead of the Storm (12-15-1, 10-7) in the divisional standings with a single game scheduled between the two in Painesville on Monday.
In the opener, starter Nick Bebout remained unbeaten with his fourth win of the season in another solid outing. He went eight innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
He received ample offensive support as the Cavaliers pounded out the 12 runs on 13 hits. Nine of them were split evenly between Andrew Czech, Avery Janning, and Alec Debruler. Janning added four RBI, three of which came on a home run in the eighth inning to help put the game away. All three also had multiple-RBI and multiple-run games.
That momentum carried into the night cap as Janning again pounded out three more hits and four RBI. The first gave Walsh a quick 1-0 lead in the opening inning. The second helped separate Walsh from Lake Erie in the third inning to make the score 5-3 after the Storm rallied for three run. Marcus Bobb also had a three-hit game and scored three times for the Cavaliers.
Hyatt Shenefield went the distance on the hill with three runs, two earned, scored on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He improved to 3-2 on the season.
The two will meet again on Monday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.