3.7.14 BASEBALL: Cavs Split Final Twinbill of Break; Battle Cedarville Saturday
(CLEARWATER, Fla.) – Walsh saw its win streak increase to five games before it was snapped in a split doubleheader with Oakland City and Felician Friday afternoon. The Cavaliers (6-7) defeated the Mighty Oaks 10-1 at Tack Field, their only game at the alternate venue, before they fell 3-2 in a chilly nightcap back at Jack Russell Stadium.
In the opener, it was all Walsh as both the offense and defense were nearly superb. Joe Tann (Jr., Canton, OH/Central Catholic) picked up his first win on the year as he shut down the Oakland City offense with 10 strikeouts and gave up just two hits and one walk in six innings of work.
The offense was highlighted in the fifth inning when Mike Lee (Sr., Barberton, OH/HS) and Andrew Stalnaker (Fr., Canton, OH/Jackson) both hit long balls to left field for round trips in a four-run frame. It was the first home run for both players on the season.
Stalnaker had a career day that was also highlighted when he hit a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double to left field that scored Brook Clark (So., Canton, OH/McKinley), Lee, and Jason McPeek (So, Stow, OH/Munroe-Falls/Akron) in the third inning. Stalnaker ended the game 3-for-5 from the plate with five RBI and a run scored.
The Cavs may have wished they could have split the runs for the second game as they came up just short in a 3-2 defeat. Down 3-1 heading into the final at-bat, Walsh definitely had a few opportunities that put everyone watching on the edge of his or her seat.
Lee led off the inning with an infield single down the third base line. Ross Etgen (Fr., Columbus, OH/Bishop Ready) pinch ran for him and eventually scored after Stalnaker picked up his sixth RBI of the day on a single to right center to make the score 3-2.
A couple of walks eventually loaded the bases, but Felician ended the threat on a fielder’s choice to close the game as Walsh left the bases loaded.
Matt Iosue (Fr., Mayfield, OH/HS) took the loss after he gave up three runs, one earned, on seven hits and three walks. He struck out six as he dropped to 0-3 on the year. The Golden Falcons’ battery gave the Cavs problems as they combined for 13 strikeouts. Starter and winner Jerry Vasto punched out eight of them and allowed one unearned run on one hit in six frames.
The Cavaliers will look to end the spring break trip on a good note against Cedarville for their final game of the week. Walsh is 5-4 during the trip and 5-1 on neutral site games which includes a three-game sweep of Oakland City. First pitch against the Yellow Jackets is set for 10 a.m.