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Baseball Wins Two Against Walsh

Fredrick Coleman, Staff Writer

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The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers baseball team played against Walsh on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The Panthers managed to hit five home runs during this game and have been on a two-game winning streak. Over the past 12 games, the Panthers have averaged two home runs a game.

The Panthers had a two-run home run by Ostin Clark in the bottom of the third and another by Andrew Kirkland. Clark had back-to-back doubles that plated two more runs; then Clark was driven in by Ethan Maxey’s single to right center. KWC took a commanding lead after three innings, with the score being KWC-5 and Walsh-0. At the bottom of the fourth, Cody Bridges hit a triple to the left field. Kentucky Wesleyan had runners on the corner when Bridges was freed up to score and Lane Kennemore broke for second base. The fifth inning ending with a single through the left side, led by Maxey who reached third base. Jake Carter hit a single and Maxey managed to score after the Walsh catcher tried to throw the ball to third, attempting to get him out.

Allowing Maxey to run for the score ended up being a mistake for Walsh. Maxey continued to have a good game; he kept it going until the bottom of the sixth inning. Maxey drove in Andrew Kirkland with a single. Walsh scored their first points in the top of the eighth inning with a three-run homerun to cut into the Panthers’ lead. At the bottom of the eighth, KWC’s Cam Curry responded with a two-run homerun to left field to extend the Panthers’ a 10-3 lead over Walsh.

Walsh was held scoreless through six innings. Chris Johnson threw six strikes and only allowed four hits. The remaining of the endings were pitched by Joey Lara. Lara threw two strikes and allowed three hits during the game on Saturday.

KWC baseball played a good game and managed to get 15 hits, with Maxey leading the way for the Panthers. He went four-for-five with two drive-ins and one run-in score. KWC’s Joe Burke went three-for-four with a run-in score.

During game two, Walsh started the game off fast, totaling four runs after two innings. Maxey hit a three-run home run at the bottom of the second inning. This was his first collegiate home run of the season. Walsh took a four-point lead in the fifth inning. KWC’s Alex Franzen stopped the offense from Walsh.

Franzen held Walsh scoreless the final two innings in the game. Burke hit a solo home run to cut into Walsh’s lead. Walsh led 7-4 at the bottom of the sixth. Andrew Kirkland hit a single through the left side. This allowed Bridges to score, cutting the Walsh lead down to only two.

With the bases loaded up facing a 2-1, Burke hit a grand slam, giving KWC their second walk-off homerun of the season. Maxey went two for three and also drove in three runs. The KWC Panthers look to keep up their winning ways throughout the rest of the season.

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Baseball Wins Two Against Walsh