Henry's 11th Inning Single Wins it for West Liberty Baseball
Andrew Henry singled home Josh Nagel with two out in the bottom of the 11th here Sunday afternoon to give the West Liberty University baseball team a 6-5 walk-off win against Alderson-Broaddus at sun-splashed Kovalick Field.
Sunday's win in the scheduled 9-inning game came at a good time for Coach Eric Burkle's Hilltoppers (19-22, 16-13), who strengthened their hold on third place in the West Virginia Conference North Division standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
West Liberty had carried a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning only to see an error open the door for the Battlers (19-20, 14-16) to score three unearned runs with two out, forcing the game into extra innings.
Both teams were charted with four errors on the afternoon – all five of Alderson-Broaddus's runs were unearned – and it was another miscue that opened the door to victory for the hosts.
Nagel led off the bottom of the 11th with a grounder to third that was misplayed by the A-B third baseman. A wild pitch put Nagel in scoring position and he moved to third on Tim Mirandy's one-out fly ball to center. Henry followed with the game-winning single.
Josh Graham got the win on the mound with 2.2 innings of one-hit relief following a strong start by Dylan Grosul, who struck out six and walked only two while pitching into the ninth.
Jon-Michael Brunner drove in two runs with a double and single while Henry also had a double to go along with his game-winning base knock. Anthony Pierro doubled and singled while D.J. Busby and Mike Johnson each smacked out a pair of singles. Travis Denman chipped in with an RBI single.
West Liberty hosts Charleston on Tuesday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Kovalick Field.