Wilmore, Ky: The visiting ALC Eagles made a valiant comeback from a 10-6 deficit in the last inning, but eventually dropped a tough 13-12 slugfest to a powerful Asbury University Eagle club.
Alice Lloyd-12; AU- 13
Alice Lloyd remained scoreless until the fifth. At that juncture, the squad scored two runs on the strength of 3 singles (2-3).
Asbury turned the momentum completely around in the bottom of the inning as they unleashed 3 solo blasts over the fence to stretch their advantage once more (2-6).
The Pippa Passes boys then gained one run back in the sixth when sophomore Anthony Jarvis (1B) led off the inning with a shot of his own (3-6).
Then, one inning later, the tide would turn in the visitor’s favor as a single and double brought in two runs for the Caney Creek crew (5-6). Finally, Dalton Cornett (2B) tied the score with a blast over the right-field fence (6-6).
Unfortunately, the Central Kentucky club would show why they have already won 24 games this season as they quickly found an answer. After seeing two runners reach base, AU would uncork another long ball to pull in front, 6-9. Then, after gaining another run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly, the contest appeared to be over (6-10).
Down to their final chance, Coach Scott Cornett’s crew would dig deep. In the top of the ninth, they would spread 4 singles, a walk, and a double from D. Cornett to plate 6 big runs. Now, the score read 12-10, and the stunned home-fans could only wonder if their club had an answer.
Disappointingly, to the Caney fans, they did. First, the lead-off batter hit an inside-the-park homer (12-11). Then, that shot was followed up by a triple. After two batters when down, Asbury managed to score the tying run (12-12). The contest would now head to extra-innings
At the plate, sophomore TJ Mullins (SS) and senior Luis Carillo (LF) would both record 3 hits and 1 double apiece while Mullins led with 3 RBI’s. D. Cornett would finish with a homer and double for his 2 hits while senior Wyatt Crisp (C) added 2 singles.
On the mound for the Caney Creek club, six different pitchers would appear with Will Gladson (P) being credited with the loss. They combined to allow 17 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 7 batters.
Asbury won the hitting war 17-14 and swatted 6 homers while Alice Lloyd had 2.