Triple Play Halts Blazer Upset Bid
Halfway through the game with Division 1 and ranked Cedarville, it looked lilke the upstart Blazers baseball squad was set for the upset of the season. Tied 2-2 in the 5th, the game got away on two freak plays. In the top of the fifth, the inning ending third out was lost in the sun and fell for a two run double for Cedarville. Still only down 2, OCU rallied by loading the bases with nobody out. Max Ray lined a single to right field scoring Bryan Keaton, but Tae Spell got caught between second and third. Cedarville tagged out Spell, then caught Ray between first and second and ultimately threw out Malone at home to complete a wild triple play. "It absolutely took all our momentum in the game," commented Coach Greg Bigam. "I didn't think Malone could score and when I stopped him Tae was almost to third. Max tried to make it to second and in the end it was like the Bad News Bears lives again."
Cedarville still only led 5-3 heading to the 8th inning, but scored 6 runs in the last two frames to win the game 11-3. Kelton Sines and Ron Goodwin kept Cedarville off balance for seven innings before Goodwin gave up 2 in the eighth, and Max Ray gave up 4 in the ninth in his first pitching appearance of the year.
Offensively, Ray added two more hits and Michael Blevins slammed an rbi triple. Spell, Sines, Steve Vogelgesang, Keaton, Goodwin, and Malone all had a hit a piece for the Blazers.
OCU returns to campus with back to back doubleheaders on Thursday and Friday at Olson Field. Thursday NAIA Alice Lloyd comes in and on Friday it is OCAC leading UC Clermont for two.