(AUBURNDALE, Fla.) – A seven-run sixth inning helped spark Walsh in an 11-7 victory over former conference rival Ashland at Lake Myrtle Park No. 6 this morning. The Cavaliers (6-5) scored all 11 runs in the final three innings they hit in handing the Eagles (7-3) their first loss on their Florida spring break trip.
Head Coach Tim Mead's crew faced a 4-0 deficit heading to the bottom of the sixth, but the Cavs right the ship with six hits. Eric Conner got the Cavs on the board with a double to left center to score Cobe Hutchison who led off by getting hit by a pitch. One batter later, Andrew Czech doubled to center to score Conner and Marcus Bobb.
Joey Holiga and Ross Etgen also provided RBI on hits to score Czech and Avery Janning, respectively, to tie the game and then give Walsh a 5-4 lead later in the frame. Holiga eventually scored on a wild pitch and Etgen followed on a passed ball.
Extra base hits helped score three more runs in the seventh as Czech doubled to left field to score Conner before scoring by way of a Janning home run.
Ashland threatened in the eighth and scored three runs to make the score 10-7, but Caleb Canter entered the game with the bases loaded and close out the game for his first save of the season. Hyatt Shenefield started the game and went the first 7.1 innings. He struck out four in his first win of the year.
Five Cavaliers had multiple-hit day with Czech batting in three runs and Janning tallying two RBI.
With one game to go, the Cavs are now 6-2 overall on their spring break trip and 6-1 in neutral site games. Walsh is 5-1 in games against regional teams also on their spring break. The Maroon and Gold will conclude its Florida trip with Tiffin tomorrow at the Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium. First pitch with the Dragons is scheduled for 3 p.m.