Trojans Take Three of Four from Eagles
The baseball Eagles from Williams Baptist College hosted the Trojans from Hannibal LaGrange University in a four game set at Walnut Ridge over the weekend. Despite all four games being tightly contested, WBC dropped three of the contests.
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Williams got off to a fast start, putting two runs across the plate in the bottom of the first in game one. HLG responded immediately, picking up two in the top of the second.
The game remained tied until the top of the fifth when Thad McVeigh hit a three run homerun for the Trojans. The game swung open when they added another run to take a 6-2 advantage.
The Eagles were unable to respond in the last two innings, and the game ended 6-2.
Williams sent senior Shawn Selph to the mound in game two. He did not disappoint, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out seven batters.
His pitching would prove enough for the Eagles offense. Junior Tyler Williams hit a solo homerun in each of his first two at bats. He missed hitting a third homerun in a row by a foot when he doubled off the leftfield fence. He finished the game with three hits, two runs batted in, and three runs scored.
Marcus Massey shut the Trojans down in the seventh, as the Eagles hung on for a 4-2 victory.
HLG put across two runs in the first inning of game three. WBC answered with three in the second and two in the third, giving the Eagles a 5-2 lead.
They held the lead until the fifth when Hannibal snuck across four runs. They added two more in the sixth when Travis Mundahl hit a two run homerun. The final score was 8-5 in favor of the Trojans.
The final game of the series would need extra innings to reach a conclusion. It would prove to be a pitching duel between the two teams.
The Trojans scored a run in the third, and it remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth. Kendall Fay led the inning off with a double and was brought home when Jim Manney singled up the middle, which tied the matchup at 1-1.
No one scored in the seventh, so the game extended to the eighth. The Trojans scored three runs in the eighth, and the Eagles were unable to respond, giving HLG the 4-1 victory.
The losses dropped WBC’s record to 11-24 overall and 3-13 in conference. They now stand 4.5 games behind in the race for the last American Midwest Conference tournament spot with eight conference games remaining.
Williams will be back in action on Tuesday, April 3, when they travel to Crowley’s Ridge College for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Their next home game will be against Bethel University on Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 1 p.m. That matchup will be a doubleheader.