The walk off - how sweet it is
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:00 PM
Now that we're finally starting to get some semi-good weather, the crack of the bat and the pounding of leather can be heard all over the place. The Major Leagues have kicked things off as well. It's baseball season!
Tom Perkins is an assistant baseball coach at Wabash. A native of Crawfordsville, Perkins has been involved in many organizations in the Montgomery County area, including the Montgomery County Boys and Girls Club board of directors.
Last weekend the Wabash baseball squad ventured to Chillicothe, Ohio, for a three game series with the College of Wooster at Veterans' Stadium. Wooster is one of the best programs in NCAA Division 3 baseball year in and year out. We love playing these guys every year because to be the best, you have to play the best. The Scots were also national runners-up as recently as 2010. Although they are in our conference, they are in the East and we are in the West, so this series didn't count in conference standings.
Saturday was some great baseball as the teams split a doubleheader. The Little Giants captured game one, 3-1, behind the complete game of ace JT Miller. His 104 pitch gem consisted of 10 strikeouts and no walks. 'Bash played just enough small ball to punch across three scores, which was plenty for Miller, who continued to dominate. His effort earned him NCAC Pitcher of the Week.
Wooster bounced back in game two with a late rally to win 5-2. A 4-run eighth off the Wabash bullpen pulled it out for the Scots. Another solid start for Ross Hendrickson, yielding one run over seven innings of work.
That set up the game three rubber match on Sunday. What a classic it turned out to be!
Wabash sped out to early leads of 4-2 and 6-3, behind the strong start from Luke Holm, who pitched seven innings for another quality start. Wooster battled back, as great teams do, to knot the game at six. Great relief pitching from freshman Steven Curry kept the Scots off the scoreboard the rest of the way and paved the way for some late Little Giant offensive heroics.
Junior Tyler Owensby led off the bottom of the 12th with a sharp single to left. Junior Clint Scarborough, the pride of tiny Salado, Texas, stepped in, presumable to lay down a sacrifice bunt. After fouling off two bunt attempts, Clint was green-lighted to swing away, just trying to get Owensby to second one way or the other.
Clint's one way was to knock a one-and-two pitch over the left field wall for a 2-run walk-off bomb, giving the Little Giants an 8-6 win, and a weekend series win over a great team.
This series could certainly be a preview of the NCAC championship, back in Chillicothe the second weekend in May.
First things first though. After a solid 8-0 win over Calumet College Tuesday (Josh Piercey six shutout innings for the win), the Little Giants return to NCAC wars this weekend, traveling to DePauw for a 4-game series.
The Tigers, coached by Wabash grad Jake Martin '03, and assisted by Crawfordsville's own Adrian Norris, are always fun to play. It should be a great series.
Still plenty of baseball to be played at Goodrich Ballpark as this weekend is our last road series of the year. Denison and Ohio Wesleyan will be coming to town in April for 4-game sets. Plan to come out and watch some great baseball at one of the premier parks in Division 3. We'd love to see you there.