WALTERS STATE BASEBALL DEFEATS ABAC; HEADED TO WORLD SERIES

Photo courtesy of Morristown Citizen Tribune
Photo courtesy of Morristown Citizen Tribune

The Walters State Senator baseball team punched thier ticket to the NJCAA College World Series in Grand Junction by defeating Abraham Baldwin 14-3 and 15-7 for the East Central District Championship in the best two out of three format.

In the first game of the series, the Senators were leading 7-2 when they exploded for 7 runs in the sixth inning to secure the win under the mercy rule format.  Eight of the nine starters scored at least one run, and seven would drive in at least one run.  

Dylan Harris got things off to a good start with a lead off home run in the first inning, and Walters would never trail.  Logan Carey would score on a groundout later in the inning.  Carey, Hunter Wolfe, and Austin Henry would have RBI singles in the 2nd inning to increase th elead to 5-0.  

Tyler Gentry, Wolfe, and Henry each would have three hits in the game with Wolfe and Gentry each driving in two runs.  Harris, Carey, and Luke Berryhill would each have two hits with Harris driving in three runs, and Berryhill would hit a home run with two RBIs.  Malik Kyle would only have one hit but finished with 3 RBIs.

Hayden Lehman would go the distance for the win.  He surrendered 8 hits, but had 8 strikeouts.  All 3 ABAC runs were earned in the contest.

In game two, Walters found themselves down 3-2 going to the bottom of the fourth.  They would strike for another 7 runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.  In the 4th, Kyle would tie the score when he score on a passed ball. Two batters later with the bases loaded, Duncan Pence would deliver a bases clearing double to take a lead they would never relinquish.  

Pence would lead the way with three hits and five RBIs.  Hunter Gilliland also had three hits with 3 RBIs.  Harris, Henry, and Gentry each finished with two hits.  Drew haynie would come in as a substitute and deliver a two run double in the sixth inning.

Landon Knack would pick up the victory, as he went 6 1/3 innings.  He would surrender 10 hits with six strikeouts.  He allowed five runs, but only 3 were earned.  Reese Brewer and Brett Jones would finish the final 2 2/3 innings.  They would surrender two hits and two runs (one earned).  

The Senators are to face Chipola in the first game of the World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado which starts on May 26.