Nightcap Win Secures G-MAC Tournament Bid For Cavs

Nightcap Win Secures G-MAC Tournament Bid For Cavs

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Needing just one win to clinch a spot on next week's G-MAC Tournament in Mason, Ohio, Walsh got the job done with a 7-2 win after a 6-4 loss to Hillsdale in Saturday's doubleheader. The Cavaliers (23-21, 15-11) secured one of the wild card bids, while the Chargers (22-26, 17-9) preserved its automatic bid with the initial win.

After the visitors took the lead with a run in the third, Walsh answered with game-tying double as Brenden Spaulding lined one down the left field parallel to score Avery Janning.

The flood gates then opened up in the fourth as the Cavaliers put up a five-spot thanks to a pair of home runs. Jacob Beachy started the rally with a solo shot to left center. After Andrew Czech doubled home Eric Conner and Marcus Bobb, Spaulding provided more fireworks with a rocket to left center.

In the sixth, Ross Etgen added some insurance with an RBI single through the left side to score Janning.

Aidan Mlachak started the game and went 5.1 innings to improve to 3-4 on the season. He struck out five and allowed the one run on six hits and three walks. Dylan Corsi relieved him in the sixth for the remainder of the game and struck out another.

The opener saw Walsh take a 4-1 lead before the Chargers rallied for the final five runs. Spaulding opened the scoring with an RBI single to score Conner in the first. Cobe Hutchison followed in the second with an RBI single that scored Spencer Helwig and later scored on a single by Conner. Helwig added an RBI in the third that scored Janning.

Nick Bebout started the game and had equaled his season-best of 11 strikeouts before being relieved in the sixth by Justin Hovorka who took the loss to fall to 4-5 on the year.

Both teams will gather again tomorrow for the regular season finale with a new start time of noon with senior presentations preceding at 11:45.