Alderson Broaddus, D&E fall in G-MAC tourney
MASON, Ohio – Alderson Broaddus and Davis & Elkins saw their seasons end Friday in G-MAC tournament action.
The Battlers were one win away from advancing to today’s championship round but lost a dramatic 3-2 decision to Cedarville in 10 innings.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead off of AB?starter Jeff Conley in the third inning on RBI singles from Marshall Johnson and Sam Summerlin.
The Battlers tied the game in the fifth when Jordan Martin plated a run on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt and David Bryan added an RBI single to bring home Brandon Gignac.
The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the 10th. Nathan Bancroft led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Johnson then came through with a single to plate him with the winning run.
Connor Hamilton picked up the win for Cedarville pitching a complete game and allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits.
Michael Mnich took the loss for the Battlers, allowing one run on two hits. Conley gave the AB nine innings of work, giving up two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Travis Hurley finished the game 3 for 5 to lead the Battler offense. Conley added a pair of hits. Johnson paced the Cedarville offense with two hits and two RBIs.
AB finished the season 29-20.
Cedarville, meanwhile, returns to the G-MAC championship game for the second straight year and will face Trevecca Nazarene at noon today in a rematch of last year’s title game won by TNU.
In Friday’s first game, Cedarville also won in dramatic fashion by rallying for a 10-9 win over D&E.
The Yellow Jackets scored three runs in bottom of the ninth inning in eliminating the Senators.
Matt Moceri opened the scoring with a solo home run over the left- field fence in the first inning for D&E.
Cedarville tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
Ryan Butts drove home D&E’s second run with a groundout in the second but Cedarville responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to go in front 3-2.
A fielder’s choice RBI by Travis Phelps, followed by a sacrifice fly from Ryan Dodson, put D&E back on top, 4-3 in the third inning.
The Jackets tied the game at 4-4 with a solo home run in the fifth. Brad Banzhoff notched a bunt single for a RBI in the sixth and Moceri walked with the bases-loaded, making the score 6-4.
Butts and Houston Darling singled home runs in the seventh, and a fielder’s choice RBI courtesy of Lance Vannoy extended the D&E lead to 9-4. A Senator error led to three runs in the eighth, as CU trimmed the deficit to 9-7.
Four singles, coupled with a pair of walks, pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the ninth, sealing the 10-9 win.
Tyler Honeycutt worked 7 2/3 innings, yielding seven runs (four earned) on nine hits, walking seven and striking out six. Jake Smith (1-1) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on two hits and walking one. Marcus Warner gave up two hits and walked one while on the mound.
Friday’s loss marked the final games for D&E seniors Brad Banzhoff, Houston Darling, Treavor Dubiel, Tyler Gibbons, Matt Moceri, Michael Paratore and head coach Ronnie Palmer, who will now become the school’s full-time director of athletics.
The Senators finished the season with a mark of 25-25.