After winning by a score of 12-4 Friday night, the Emmanuel Baseball team was back in action on Saturday against the Kentucky State Thorobreds.
Game 1: Kentucky State 10 Emmanuel 11
With four lead changes taking place in the contest, game one on Saturday was an exciting one for sure. The Lions showed a lot of fight in game one on Saturday after overcoming several deficits in the contest. Ultimately, the Lions would win in walk off fashion in the bottom of the seventh by a score of 11-10.
As was the case in game one of the series, Kentucky State would pull out to an early lead. After a one out walk by Artie Santomo in the top of the first, the Thorobreds struck first on a two out single by Greg Alexander, scoring Santomo on the hit. The Lions would answer in the bottom of the second however by scoring three after a leadoff double by Jacob Teston to start the inning. The Lions would add another run in the bottom of the 3rd. After yet another leadoff hit, this time by Eric Pape, Hanon Price would drive in Pape on a groundball to the third baseman.
The 4-1 gained by the Lions would quickly diminish. In the top of the fourth, the Thorobreds scored five runs on five hits and were benefited by two errors by the lions, giving Kentucky State a 6-4 lead in the ballgame. The Lions would once again lead the inning off with a hit in the fourth after a double by Dallas Richards. Richards would score just pitches later after another hard hit double by Tim Manning. Manning would also come around to score in the inning, making it a tie ball game.
In the Top of the 5th the Lions would surrender four more runs after 5 walks and a double by the Thorobreds.
After a scoreless 5th inning for the Lions, it wouldn't take long for them to score in the 6th. After back to back singles by Stephen Skeggs and Brock Baughcum, Eric Pape hit a towering home run that cleared the scoreboard in left centerfield, cutting the Thorobred lead to one. After the home run, pinch hitter Connor Smith would get things back going with a single. Brandon Bostick, who came in to run for Smith, would steal second, and just a few pitches later the Lions would tie the game back up after an RBI single by Jacob Teston. The Lions would be held there in the inning, leaving the score at 10-10.
Then after a quick inning of work by relief pitcher Austin Copeland, the Lions would get a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh. The inning would start by Brock Baughcum leading the inning off with a walk. Then after a Stephen Skeggs strikeout, Baughcum stole second, leading to the intentional walk of Eric Pape. The Lions called on pinch hitter Jeremy Viveros to get the game winning hit, and he delivered by smoking a ball into right field for a single, scoring Baughcum on the play.
Austin Copeland received the win for the Lions after throwing a scoreless 7th inning
Eric Pape was 2-2 with 3 RBI, including a home run
Jacob Teston went 3-3 with an RBI
Game 2: Kentucky State 6 Emmanuel 17
Game two on Saturday was not nearly as exciting as the first for the Lions as they pulled out to a 9-0 lead after the second inning; the Thorobreds never had a lead in the contest. It all was started by a six run inning in which the Lions had 5 hits, including an Eric Pape home run and singles by Daniel Gooden, Hanon Price, Philip Swindell, and Dallas Richards.
Then after giving up four runs in the top of the third, Emmanuel added on six more runs in the bottom half of the third thanks to four more hits including a Brock Baughcum double and a Hanon Price Home Run. After the third, the Lions held onto a 15-4 lead.
The game was scheduled for a nine inning contest, but the Thorobreds decided to forego the final two innings. The final score of the game was 17-6.
Alex Snider went two innings pitched striking out all six of his outs while giving up only one hit with no walks.
Eric Pape went 3-5 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored
Hanon Price went 3-3 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored