(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Sunday's regular season finale was a thriller that saw Walsh come from behind to defeat Hillsdale 8-5 at Biery Stadium. The Cavaliers (24-21, 16-11) scored four runs on the same play in the eighth to take their first lead of the game and held on after the Chargers (22-27, 17-10) brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth.
With two outs and the bases loaded in ended up being the last at-bat for Walsh, Avery Janning doubled to center field to put the Cavs ahead as Cobe Hutchison, Marcus Bobb, and Andrew Czech all scored.
The end result turned out even better as Janning advanced to third on the throw home in an attempt to snag Czech for the third out. The throw sailed over the catcher's head, but Hillsdale's pitcher was placed at the backstop to back him up. He caught the overthrow and promptly threw to third in hopes of a tag on Janning, but that throw was errant and went into the outfield and allowed Janning to get a quick workout circling the bases.
The game started out with both teams scoring three runs through the first three frames. After a scoreless first, Hillsdale plated two in the top of the second before Hutchison singled up the middle to score Spencer Helwig in the bottom of the frame. The Chargers added another run in the third, but Walsh tied the game after Eric Conner scored on a sac fly by Janning and Czech scored on a Brenden Spaulding single.
Hillsdale added another in the fourth to make it 4-3 before the Cavs once again tied the game after an error allowed Janning to score from third. A wild pitch eventually allowed the Chargers to go back up in the seventh.
Hyatt Shenefield picked up the win in an inning of relief work with a strikeout to improve to 4-2 on the season. Frank Frate entered for the top of the ninth and struck out a pair for his first save of the season.
Walsh now advances to next week's G-MAC Tournament at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio. It will start on Wednesday with the Cavaliers playing games on Wednesday and Thursday.