3.3.14 BASEBALL: Cavs Snap Skid With 7-6 Win Over Cedarville
(CLEARWATER, Florida) – Walsh broke a six-game skid with an exciting 7-6 win over former conference rival Cedarville in its first game of the Clearwater Baseball Invitational on Monday afternoon. While the Cavaliers (2-6) where playing in their only game of the day, the Yellow Jackets (6-3) were attempting to make it a perfect day with a pair of wins as they previously
defeated Felician College.
The Cavaliers got the bats rolling first in a game that saw both teams combine for 28 hits in a particularly deep field that was once the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies. After Drew Link (Sr., 5-10, Granville, OH/HS) took a base on balls and advanced to second as the result of an error, he helped give the Cavs a 1-0 lead after Andrew Bonnette (Jr., 6-0, Tallmadge, OH/HS) singled safely.
Cedarville stayed warm from the first game and eventually found rhythm in the third and fourth frames. Three consecutive doubles gave the Jackets a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. A sacrifice fly gave them a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Walsh eventually got a run back in the fifth as Bonnette hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Link once again.
The game turned in favor of Walsh in a big sixth inning that saw the Cavaliers put up a 4-spot. Sam Fondriest (Sr., 6-2, Dover, OH/Tusc. Central Catholic) advanced to second after an error by the shortstop sailed out of play. He later scored on a single to left center by Luke Caple (Fr., 6-0, Naples, FL/Gulf Coast). Later in the inning, Justin Clements (Sr., 5-9, Massillon, OH/Jackson) hit a bases-loaded and bases-clearing double that scored Link, Jordan Shank (Jr., 6-0, Canton, OH/GlenOak), and Caple to give Walsh a 6-3 lead.
After Cedarville cut the deficit to two with a run in the eighth, the Cavs plated a much needed insurance run in the bottom of the frame as Clements scored on a single from Jason McPeek (So., 6-4, Stow, OH/Munroe-Falls/Akron). It proved to be the game-winner as the Yellow Jackets, who have made a living early in the season with late rallies to win games, scored a pair in top of the ninth.
Neal Edwards (Jr., 6-2, Silver Lake, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) picked up his second win to improve to 2-0 on the short season. He gave up three runs on six hits and struck out one against one walk in 3.1 innings of relief work. Logan Bowles (Fr., 6-3, Canton, OH/South/Ohio State) started the game and went 5.1 innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, and struck out
three with two walks.
Clements finished the game 3-for-5 from the plate with three RBI and a run scored. Link was 1-for-2 with three runs scored.
The Cavaliers will be back in action again tomorrow with a twin bill against Oakland City. Both games are scheduled to take place at Jack Russell Stadium. Game 1 is set for 10 a.m. with Game 2 to follow immediately after.