Dates: April 13 and 14, 2017
Williams Baptist College 7 vs. Hannibal-LaGrange University 6 (11 innings)
Williams Baptist College 6 vs. Hannibal-LaGrange University 0
Williams Baptist College 14 vs. Hannibal-LaGrange University 4 (8 innings)
Records: WBC (15-26, AMC 7-20) vs. HLGU (6-36, AMC 0-24)
Location: Shell Field - Walnut Ridge, Ark.
The Williams Baptist College baseball team hosted Hannibal-LaGrange University in a three game American Midwest Conference series on Thursday and Friday. The Eagles won game one in extra innings on Thursday (7-6), before winning game’s two (6-0) and three (14-4) convincingly on Friday.
Cole Sheffer had an outstanding weekend, going 3-for-8 with three home runs in the series. Dalton Freshour pitched a complete game shutout in game two, striking out seven batters in the seven inning game. Ryan Cupp also had an outstanding weekend from the plate, going 6-of-12 with a home run and four RBIs.
The wins improved WBC’s record to 15-26 on the season and 7-20 in the AMC.
“Our pitching and defense did a tremendous job of giving us an opportunity to win. Jacob Jumper, Dalton Freshour, and Layne Ditto went 17 consecutive scoreless innings, while Anthony Noftsger came in to finish it up for us. Offensively, our GCT (Greene County Tech H.S.) boys (Ryan Cupp and Cole Sheffer) were a huge spark for us. I am proud of the way our guys competed each game,” said Head Coach Stephen Abanathy.
Rally in Game One:
The series was off to a slow start for WBC, as they entered the bottom of the ninth down 6-3 in game one. Needing a big rally, the Eagles responded, before winning 7-6.
Nick Scott and Cam Smith started the inning with back-to-back singles. After a fielder's choice, Kagen Brown came to the plate. He ripped a double to left, scoring Smith and advancing Layne Ditto to third. This brought the score to 6-4 with one out.
Morgan Hawley hit the ball to third base, but the third baseman misplayed the ball and allowed Ditto and Brown to score, tying the game at six.
Neither team was able to score in the 10th, and Jacob Jumper held HLGU scoreless in the 11th, allowing the Eagles the opportunity to score and win.
Kagen Brown got things going with a lead-off double. HLGU was able to get two more outs and after a couple of walks, the bases were loaded with 2-out and Hudson Ross at the plate. Ross smacked a single between the third baseman and the shortstop, scoring Brown in the walk-off victory.
Jacob Jumper earned the win from the mound, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing one unearned run to score on three hits. It was the Palestine, Ark., native’s second win of the season.
Freshour and Sheffer Show:
Dalton Freshour took to the mound in game two of the series. He was magical from the hill, striking out seven batters on his way to his fourth complete game and first shutout of the season in the 6-0 Eagles victory. He only allowed three hits and did not walk anyone in the game.
Offensively, Cole Sheffer stole the show. He hit two home runs in the game, while accounting for three runs batted in. He went through a stretch of three home runs in four at-bats over two games.
Kagen Brown also continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.
Big Innings for the Sweep:
The Eagles were going for their first AMC sweep of the season in the series finale. After falling behind 4-0, WBC used a seven-run, sixth inning, and a six-run, seventh inning to run-rule HLGU and win 14-4.
Williams compiled thirteen singles in the contest, led by three hits from Ryan Cupp. Cupp knocked in three runs, while scoring two in the game. He also reached on a walk.
Layne Ditto battled through six innings from the mound. He allowed four runs to score on 12 hits, while striking out three, earning his second win of the season. Anthony Noftsger slammed the door shut from the bullpen, allowing only two hits and zero runs.
WBC will jump out of conference on Tuesday, April 18, for a series with College of the Ozarks. The DH will begin at 1 p.m., and be played at Shell Field.