Central, S.C. – The Warriors won both games on Saturday afternoon to win the series against the Emmanuel College Lions. Southern Wesleyan took game one 7-2, before winning game two in a 9-6 final.
Southern Wesleyan posted eight hits in the win over the Lions. DiMarkus Sanders, Quinton Bent, and Alec Hrynda each had two hits for the Warriors. The Warriors had six RBIs and were led by Bent with three who had a double and home run. Sanders and Jason Moldenhauer both hit sacrifice bunts and five players were walked during the game. Josh Antwine pitched a complete game for the Warriors while allowing six hits, two runs, and striking out five batters.
The Warriors posted twelve hits in game two of the series. Four Warriors led the team with two hits apiece. Julio Justo, Quinton Bent and Jason Moldenhauer each doubled in the game, and Bent led the team with two RBIs. DiMarkus Sanders hit a sacrifice fly and Justo lead the team with three walks. Drew Carson led the team with three runs. John Garrett stole the lone base for the Warriors. JJ Julian started game two for the Warriors. Julian went 6.1 innings while allowing four hits and striking out 10 batters. Hamilton Hartsell, Jordan Finster and Josh Core came in to pitch in relief for Southern Wesleyan. Finster pitched two innings and only allowed one hit to gain the win. Core came in to pitch the last 0.2 innings and allowed one hit to gain his third save of the season.
Game One Final: Southern Wesleyan 7, Emmanuel 2
Game Two Final: Southern Wesleyan 9, Emmanuel 6
Records: Southern Wesleyan (15-34 / CC 6-21), Emmanuel (17-27 / CC 8-19)
Coach Gillespie Says…
"What a great way to send our senior class off with a sweep today. Many of our seniors had an impact in the wins and that's always great way to finish strong. Very proud of our entire team for battling back and winning the series! We talked about purpose today and they responded."
How It Happened
The Lions struck first in the second game of the series. They scored two runs in the top of the first to take the lead 2-0. In the bottom of the second inning, Alec Hrynda reached base on a single to the pitcher. Quinton Bent came to bat and homered to left field, scoring Hrynda and tying the game at 2-2.
Nobody struck again until the bottom of the sixth inning. Julio Justo singled to get on base and Alec Hrynda was hit by a pitch. Quinton Bent doubled to score Izzy Martinez who was pinch running for Justo. Bent advanced to third on a passed ball and Hrynda scored to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead. Jason Moldenhauer reached on a walk and Avery Mahon reached by getting hit with a pitch to load the bases and bring Justin Brew up to bat. Brew walked and scored Bent, advanced Moldenhauer to third and Mahon to second. DiMarkus Sanders singled up the middle, scoring Moldenhauer and Mahon to give the Warriors a 7-2 lead. The Lions did not respond and the Warriors went on to win the game 7-2.
Emmanuel College struck first in game two, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. They lengthened their lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning.
The Warriors countered in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jason Moldenhauer hit a double down the left field line, but was put out on a double play ball hit by Avery Mahon. With two men out, Drew Carson hit a single through the left side and then advanced to second on a single by John Garrett through the right side. DiMarkus Sanders followed with a walk to load the bases. With the bases loaded, a passed ball allowed Carson to come home, and then a second passed ball allowed Garrett to come home. With the two runs, the Warriors tied the game 2-2.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Lions fought to take a four run lead. However, their lead was short lived as the Warriors tied the game for the second time in the bottom of the seventh inning. Drew Carson walked to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a single by DiMarkus Sanders. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and then a wild pitch allowed Carson to come home. Andrew Falgiano reached on an error that allowed Sanders to come home. Julio Justo doubled to left field to move Falgiano to third base. Quinton Bent followed Justo's double with a double of his own to bring both Falgiano and Justo home and tie the game 6-6.
Southern Wesleyan took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Avery Mahon led off the inning with a single to the shortstop and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Drew Carson singled and then John Garrett reached on an error to bring both Carson and Mahon home. DiMarkus Sanders hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Garrett home and take a 9-6 victory over the Lions.