Despite rally, Red Hawks fall short in extra innings

Despite rally, Red Hawks fall short in extra innings

MARION N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team fought back from an eight-run deficit against the Montreat JV squad on Tuesday, but ultimately lost a hard-fought 10-9 contest in 11 innings to the Cavaliers at Big League Camp.

The Red Hawks (5-3) took a quick 1-0 lead after a balk by Cavaliers pitcher Evan Dolan in the top of the second inning plated Sabion Thomas from third base during Ryan Healy's at bat.

However, CVCC's lead would be short-lived, and Montreat would surge ahead 9-1 in the game, scoring three runs in the second and fourth innings, two runs in the fifth inning and one run in the seventh inning.

Anfernee Torruella led the charge for the Cavaliers with two hits and three RBI during that stretch. Teammates Cole Campanile and Joseph Locascio also drove in a pair of RBIs each.

Held to just two hits through eight innings and stranding eight men on base, CVCC exploded offensively in a do-or-die top of the ninth inning, scoring eight runs on four hits and capitalizing on seven drawn walks to tie the contest and send it into extra innings.

Trent Jones led the way for the Red Hawks during the ninth inning with a two-RBI single, while Tyler Campbell and Jackson Brown had back-to-back RBI doubles to left field.

After a scoreless 10th inning and top of the 11th inning, Montreat was able to use two hit batters and two drawn walks to earn the walk-off walk and a one-run victory against CVCC.

The Catawba Valley baseball team attempts to bounce back when it returns to action on Wednesday for a road doubleheader at USC Lancaster. First pitch between the Red Hawks and Lancers is set for 1 p.m. in Lancaster, S.C.