Walsh Falls Short to Cal U in Season Opener

Walsh Falls Short to Cal U in Season Opener

(WASHINGTON, Pa) - The Walsh Cavaliers baseball team opened their season this afternoon with a doubleheader at Wild Things Park, falling twice to the Vulcans by a score of 9-8 in the first game and 5-2 in the second game. 

Game 1

In the first game of the series, the Cavaliers rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh and push the game into extra innings. The Cavalier run started in the sixth inning with a single to right field from Andrew Czech, Avery Janning walked, and Brenden Spaulding singled up the left side to load the bases. Alec Debruler then hit a double down the line that scored Czech and Janning. Joey Holiga singled to left field, scoring Spaulding and advancing Debruler to third. Jacob Beachy hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which scored Debruler to put the score at 5-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh inning, the Maroon and Gold tied the game after Czech and Janning both singled, then Spaulding singled to score Czech and advance Janning to third. Janning then scored on a throwing error. In extra innings, Cobe Hutchinson was hit by a pitch and Eric Conner and Czech walked to load the bases. Spaulding then doubled, scoring Conner and Hutchinson. The Vulcans put up three runs in the bottom of the eighth to record the 9-8 victory. Nick Bebout recorded the loss, pitching the first five innings. Bebout gave up seven hits and struck out two batters. 

Game 2 

In the second game the Vulcans scored four of their five runs in the third inning. Walsh scored their first of two runs in the second inning when Holiga doubled to left field, then Jarret Lyon singled up the left side to score Holiga. Czech homered in the sixth to score the only other Cavalier run of the game. Nik Barkdull recorded the loss, pitching the first three innings of the game. He gave up six hits and struck out one batter. 

Walsh will play the final two games of the series back at Wild Things Park tomorrow starting at 11 a.m.