YORK, Pa. (Baseball) – The second-seeded Shenandoah Hornets held off a late-inning rally by No. 3 Wheaton (Mass.) for a 5-4 win to force the "if necessary" game for the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional title on Sunday at PeoplesBank Park.
Wheaton rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning, down 5-1, with three runs on two hits to bring the score to 5-4. But Shenandoah was able to find the last out to end the game.
Wheaton (26-15) loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, but Shenandoah got out of the jam to keep it scoreless.
Shenandoah (41-9) got on the board in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead when Jake Low touched home plate on a ground out to second base. The Hornets loaded the bases with two outs, but were unable to get any more runs across in the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Wheaton sent a runner home on a single up the middle, but the Hornets' centerfielder Nick Goode hit is cut off man, Tristan Baker, who threw out the runner at home to end the inning and keep the score 1-0.
A single, walk, and hit batter loaded the based for the Lyons in the bottom of the third innings with no outs. It also forced a pitching change by the Hornets.
Wheaton grounded into a double-play, which scored a run and advanced a runner to third with two outs and a 1-1 tie. Then a perfectly timed jump by third basemen Donnie Forgacs allowed him to snag a line drive and end the inning.
Shenandoah added two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead.
The Hornets added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning when Jake Loew hit a ground-rule double to center field, scoring two runs, for a 5-1 lead.
The Hornets and the Lyons will play the "if necessary" game of the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional to decide the champion on Monday at 10 a.m. at PeoplesBank Park.
*courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic Conference