NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers baseball team swept the Malone Pioneers, the top team in the G-MAC, in a doubleheader on Tuesday (April 23) at Biery Stadium.
Walsh used a two-run double by Brendan Spaulding in the fifth inning on game one for a 3-1 victory. Andrew Czech blasted a two-run homerun to centerfield in the bottom of the ninth, leading the Cavaliers to a 14-12 win in the nightcap.
Malone scored first with a run in the top of the second inning on a delayed double steal attempt. One inning later, Czech tied the game with his first homerun of the day, a solo shot to centerfield. Walsh took the lead in the fifth inning and made it stick. Eric Conner led off with a double before Czech got an intentional walk. A fielder's choice erased Conner but put two runners at first and second base. Spaulding lined a two-run double to centerfield, clearing the bases and Walsh led 3-1. The lead stuck as Malone only had one more baserunner the rest of the way.
Nik Barkdull tossed a seven-inning complete game with one unearned run allowed on four hits. He walked one and fanned a season-high nine batters.
The Pioneers scored one in the top of the first inning, but the Cavaliers didn't leave the score 1-0 for long. Bailey Mosley doubled to leadoff and moved to third on a passed ball. Mosley crossed the plate and tied the game on a RBI groundout by Conner. Walsh added three runs in the second on a Malone error and a two-run double by Mosley, leading 4-1 after two frames. In the fourth inning, Malone cut the lead to 4-2 on a sacrifice fly to right field. The bottom of the fourth saw nine men bat as Walsh put a five spot on the scoreboard, pushing the lead to 9-2 after four innings. Cobe Hutchison plated a run with a RBI bunt single before Mosley struck again with a two-run single. After another intentional walk to Czech, Avery Janning scored two runs on a double to center field. The Pioneers hit three homeruns in the fifth inning, accounting for six runs as they closed the gap to 9-8.
Just like clockwork, Walsh created instant distance between themselves and the Pioneers as Joey Holiga blasted a two-run shot down the left field line over Market Avenue. The homerun made it 11-8 after five innings in game two. Malone added one run in the top of the seventh inning, trailing by 11-9 as we hit the seventh inning stretch. Conner drilled a solo homerun to center field in the seventh inning, as Walsh had a 12-9 cushion with two innings left. A three-run homerun by Malone in the eighth inning tied the game at 12 apiece. Walsh had the opportunity for the second walk-off win of the year as they entered the bottom of the ninth tied with the heart of their order coming up. Conner was hit with an one-out pitch, putting the winning run on base. Malone elected not to intentionally walk Czech for the third time in the game and he made them pay. Czech walked it off with a two-run homerun to center field, lifting the Cavaliers to a 14-12 slugfest win over Malone.
The Cavaliers pounded out 15 hits as Mosley and Holiga each had four hit games. Mosley had two singles and two doubles with four RBI. Holiga came a triple shy of the cycle as he plated two runs and scored three himself. Jacob Beachy had two hits and walked once, scoring three times.
Six different players were responsible for RBI as Mosley had four and Conner, Czech, Janning and Holiga had two. Hutchison had the other RBI in the contest.
Walsh will travel to Ohio Dominican, now playing Saturday (April 27) and Sunday (April 28).