Missouri Baptist will
be making their first-ever trip to the National Championship
tournament. They defeated defending champion Tennessee
Wesleyan 4-3 (19
innings) in the “if
necessary” game of the Kingsport bracket. The Spartans led 3-1
going into the bottom of the ninth inning, and starter Ethan Gibbons
held the Bulldogs to seven hits over the first eight innings; the
only run he allowed was on a wild pitch. The Spartans got a run in
the fourth on an RBI single by C Garrett Vail, and two runs in the
seventh on a home run by DH Joe Stropp. Gibbons got two quick outs in
the bottom of the ninth, but the next two batters got base hits. The
next batter hit a ground ball to second that should have ended the
game, but it was bobbled, and a run scored. The Bulldogs sent it into
extra innings with an RBI single by CF Travis Burnside.
Bulldogs left the winning run on third in the bottom of the tenth and
15th. The Spartans left the bases loaded in the top of the 12th, and
left runers on second in the tenth, 13th, 14th, and 16th innings. The
Spartans got the winning run when SS Patrick Johnson opened the 19th
with a single, went to second on a walk, and was bunted to third. He
scored on a sacrifice fly by Vail.
Spartans used only two pitchers over the final ten innings. Julien
Soucy went four innings, allowed two hits, walked three. Matt Marsh,
who got the win, went six innings, allowed three hits, struck out
six. The Bulldogs used six pitchers. Noah Piard pitched the ninth to
11th innings, allowed one hit, struck out four. Corey Rhoney pitched
the 12th through 16h innings, allowed six hits, struck out five.
Tyler Wilson pitched the final three innings, allowed only Johnson's
hit, and struck out three. He walked two (one intentional), and got
the loss (story).
a senior right-hander, is 10-0, 2.09 ERA, with 85 strikeouts.
Baptist is located in Saint Louis, has 1,169 undergraduates (1,362
graduates) on its main campus. They field teams in 24 sports. They
will be one of four teams making their first-ever appearance in the
National Championship tournament.
will, along with Lee, represent
the Southern States Athletic Conference in Lewiston, and the Eagles
will be making their second trip to Lewiston; the first was in 2011.
They defeated Texas Wesleyan 14-2,
before a crowd of 400. They lead 3-2 after three innings, but broke
the game open with six runs in the top of the sixth; the first two
runs were walked in, and DH Michael Cruz hit a two-RBI single. The
Eagles added four more runs in the eighth.
Johnny Shuttlesworth got the win. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowed one
earned run on three hits, struck out five. Brad Griffis and Lyndon
Eusea went the rest of the way. Rams starter Sam Martin lasted only
three innings, gave up three runs on four hits. This was his first
loss of the season, and he finished with a record of 12-1, 2.47 ERA,
and 49 strikeouts. Shuttlesworth is now 14-1, 1.19 ERA,
with 93 strikeouts.
Luis Sanchez went 5-for-6 with a home run and tree RBI for the