Walsh Sweeps Home Opener With Ohio Valley

Walsh Sweeps Home Opener With Ohio Valley

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The home opener was kind to Walsh as it swept Ohio Valley in a pair of close games at Biery Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Cavaliers (9-9, 3-3) took down the Fighting Scots (9-14, 0-6) 2-0 in the first game and 3-2 in the second. 

The day started out well for Walsh with masterful pitching performances by Nick Bebout and Ben Bulchik. The duo combined for a five-hit shutout and combined for 14 strikeouts. The majority came from Bebout as he fanned 11 against four hits and four walks en route to going 2-0 on the season. Bulchik came on in relief in the ninth and struck out the final three for his second save of the year.

The only scoring in the game took place in the bottom of the fourth. Joey Holiga provided the scoring hit with a double off the fence in left to score Andrew Czech and Avery Janning.

Walsh pounded out 10  hits in the game with Eric Conner, Holiga, and Ross Etgen all having multiple hit games.

The nightcap saw the Cavaliers pull out a thrilling victory with single runs in the final two frames to win in walk-off fashion.

After Ohio Valley took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth, Walsh answered and tied the game on a Brenden Spaulding double to left center that brought in Janning. Janning's day wasn't finished as he provided the game-winning hit and sent the ball down the third base line and into the outfield to score Marcus Bobb with the bases loaded.

Walsh originally took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Janning drove in Czech with a double to right center. He finished the game 3-for-4.

The result gave Joey Beals his first win and decision of the season after he pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief. Hyatt Shenefield got the start and pitched an excellent game as he allowed just two unearned runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

The Maroon and Gold are back in action tomorrow as the Cedarville visits Biery Stadium for another G-MAC cross-division twin bill. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.