(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The home opener was kind to Walsh as it swept Ohio Valley in a pair of close games at Biery Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Cavaliers (9-9, 3-3) took down the Fighting Scots (9-14, 0-6) 2-0 in the first game and 3-2 in the second.
The day started out well for Walsh with masterful pitching performances by Nick Bebout and Ben Bulchik. The duo combined for a five-hit shutout and combined for 14 strikeouts. The majority came from Bebout as he fanned 11 against four hits and four walks en route to going 2-0 on the season. Bulchik came on in relief in the ninth and struck out the final three for his second save of the year.
The nightcap saw the Cavaliers pull out a thrilling victory with single runs in the final two frames to win in walk-off fashion.
After Ohio Valley took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth, Walsh answered and tied the game on a Brenden Spaulding double to left center that brought in Janning. Janning's day wasn't finished as he provided the game-winning hit and sent the ball down the third base line and into the outfield to score Marcus Bobb with the bases loaded.
Walsh originally took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Janning drove in Czech with a double to right center. He finished the game 3-for-4.
The result gave Joey Beals his first win and decision of the season after he pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief. Hyatt Shenefield got the start and pitched an excellent game as he allowed just two unearned runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
The Maroon and Gold are back in action tomorrow as the Cedarville visits Biery Stadium for another G-MAC cross-division twin bill. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.