4.13.14 BASEBALL: Cavs Stun Grand Valley With Late Inning Rally
(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) Walsh (17-18, 9-8) rallied from a seven-run deficit to stun league leading Grand Valley State University (23-8, 14-3) 15-12 today. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cavs, who host Lake Erie College in a GLIAC double header on Wednesday at 2 pm. Both games will be broadcast live on TEAMLINE.
As they did in the first game of the double header on Saturday, Grand Valley used the long ball to score first. Jesse Abel slugged a three-run homer in the first inning to give GVSU a 3-0 lead. Walsh answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning and trailed 3-2 after one.
Grand Valley would put four runs on the board against Walsh starter Ian Drapcho (Sr., Dover, OH/HS) and led 7-2 after two innings.
Walsh climbed back into the game in the bottom of the fourth, and trimmed the lead to 7-5 on a two-run single by Mike Lee (Sr., Barberton, OH/HS).
It looked like the Lakers were primed for the sweep of the Cavs when they scored a single run in the fifth, and four more in the sixth to take a 12-5 lead.
Walsh scored a single tally in the sixth, and then really went to work in the seventh.
The inning began with back-to-back singles by Brook Clark (So., Canton, OH/McKinley) and Sam Fondriest (Sr., Dover, OH/Tuscarawas Central Catholic). With one out, Clark and Fondriest advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a two-run single to left by Justin Clements (Sr., Massillon, OH/Jackson). The rally continued when Jordan Shank (Jr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) singled to right, and Drew Link (Sr., Granville, OH/HS) singled to left to load the bases. The bases did not stay occupied long, as Andrew Bonnette (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) hit a grand slam just inside the left field foul pole to tie the game at 12-all. It was Bonnette's first homer of the year. Lee then walked, and moved up on a ground ball. Clark, who led off the inning with a single, then hit a line drive double over the left fielders head to give Walsh their first lead at 13-12.
Link and Bonnette then singled home insurance runs in the eighth, and Neal Edwards (Jr., Silver Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent--St. Mary) pitched his third shutout inning in relief to pick-up the win and improve to 3-0.
There were plenty of heroes for the Cavs. Bonnette went 3-5 and drove in a career-high six runs. Link and Lee each had three hits and were on base six times each. Lee also drove in four runs and has a team-leading 25 RBI. Clements also had three of Walsh's season-high 19 hits.