Easley, SC: The Alice Lloyd College Eagles baseball team took to the Palmetto state to play in the NCCAA Baseball World Series, hosted by the city of Easley, South Carolina. The pool-play format guaranteed each of the 10 participating squads four games, and a chance to play for the national title
Game One: Alice Lloyd-2; Judson University-3
Pitching controlled things until the top of the fourth. That’s when JU plated 2 runs to take the lead (0-2).
ALC dented the scoreboard with two in their half of the inning. Junior Jake Moran (2B) and sophomore Anthony Jarvis (DH) each drove in runs with doubles, and the game was tied once again (2-2).
After the scoring flurry in the fourth, the contest would remain knotted until the seventh. In their final inning, Judson scored one to retake the lead (2-3).
Now, down to their last chance, the Caney Creek club was unable to place a runner in scoring position, and the matchup ended with the Illinois squad on top.
ALC freshman pitcher Chase Conley went 6.2 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs, but suffered the tough loss.
The Eagles barely fell in the hitting battle, 7-6, but committed the only 3 errors of the contest. This proved to be the difference in the game.
Game Two: Alice Lloyd- 1; Carolina 7
Carolina struck first with a two-run blast in the second, (0-2), but the Pippa Passes club got 1 of those back in the bottom half. In that inning, sophomore Tjay Mullins (SS) drove in a run with a hard double (1-2).
The score remained unchanged until the fourth when Alice Lloyd gifted their foes 5 runs, helped by an error and a two-run blast (1-7).
Unfortunately, the Eagles saw their bats contained, as they went down quickly over the final three innings to drop the decision.
Mullins drove in the lone run of the game for the Pippa Passes club, who saw their bats held in check throughout the matchup.
On the mound, freshman Dawson Beckett suffered the loss, allowing 5 hits and 5 runs in 3.1 innings. His classmate Peyton Branham allowed 5 hits and 2 runs in relief.
The Eagles dropped the hitting battle 10-4 and committed 2 of the games 3 errors.
Game Three: Alice Lloyd-1; Southwest Christian University-14
The damage began in the second as SWC powered 8 runs across the plate with a monster homerun proving the big blow (0-8). They then added 2 more runs one inning later to stretch their lead further (0-10).
ALC scored their lone run in the third when senior Alex White (1B) rapped a double to break the ice (1-10), but they saw their opponents answer with 4 in the sixth to ice the game (1-14).
On the mound, senior Cory Cornett was credited with the loss, allowing 4 runs in one inning of work. In total, seven pitchers would take the mound for ALC, allowing 10 hits and 14 runs, while striking out 4 batters.
ALC dropped the hitting battle, 10-3, and had 0 errors.
Game Four: Alice Lloyd- 3; Ecclesia University- 11
The fifth-seeded Arkansas club received an impressive pitching performance to take the final contest of pool play.
Ecclesia wasted little time gaining the upper hand as they opened the game with 5 runs (0-5). They then would add an extra run in their next at-bat (0-6).
ALC scored two in the second with freshman Kason Hofsess’s (RF) hit helping the cause (2-6).
After the Lions earned that run back in the third (2-7), Eagle senior Dalton Cornett drove in one of his own with a sacrifice fly (3-6). Unfortunately, that would prove to be the final run of the game for the Caney Creek club.
On the day, ALC was held to a tournament-low 2 hits, with junior Chase Madden (3B) adding a double.
On the mound, freshman Logan Hankins allowed 6 hits and 6 runs in two innings of work. In total, four pitchers would take the mound for ALC, allowing 11 hits.
ALC dropped the hitting battle, 11-2 and both squads committed 1 error.
The squad concludes the season with an 11-31 mark and will say goodbye to a valuable crop of seniors.