Henry's walk-off single, strong bullpen effort lifts Scots past Spalding 4-3

Henry's walk-off single, strong bullpen effort lifts Scots past Spalding 4-3

A ninth-inning walk-off single by senior Andrew Henry and a strong bullpen effort helped the Scots Diamondmen defeat the Golden Eagles of Spalding University 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon on MC's Scotland Yard.

Maryville College pounced early on a first-inning error by the Golden Eagles. Andrew Henry singled up the middle before Spalding allowed a pair of runners with an error at third. Johnny Carpenter laced an RBI double off the warning track in right-center, as Henry rounded to score, giving the Scots a 1-0 lead going into the second.

The Golden Eagles would retaliate in the top of the third, using four consecutive hits to the left side. Garrett Wilson would score on an RBI single by Clay Kelly, before Dillon Stewart touched home on a hard-hit RBI to left by Joe Hatcher. A walk loaded the bases, before a 6-4-3 double play ended any further threat with Spalding holding the lead, 2-1.

Stewart looked to extend the Golden Eagles' lead in the top of the fifth, as he sent what appeared to be a towering, two-run bomb to left. Maryville's Bryce Redaja leapt, extending over the fence to steal the home run and preserve the score. However, Hatcher would use an RBI blooper to right-center three batters late to score Wilson for a 3-1 Spalding lead.

Evan Ezell singled to right to leadoff the fifth, before a Patrick Messinger sacrifice and a balk moved him to third. Jake Petersen's RBI single scored Ezell, before Carpenter would earn his second RBI to score Henry. The Scots clawed back to knot the score at 3-all going to the sixth.

Excellent relief pitching by Zach Messinger, Jerod Dickey, Samuel Joiner, and Zach McGee held the Spalding offense to four scattered hits over the final four innings allowing for a bottom of the ninth rally.

In the ninth, MC second baseman Hayden Hollingsworth drew a two-out walk and stole second. Centerfielder Andrew Henry promptly laced an opposite-field single past the outstretched shortstop sending Hollingsworth plateward with the game-winning walk-off run.

Maryville (10-2) was paced offensively by Henry (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 walks), Johnny Carpenter (2-for-3, 2 RBI), and Patrick Messinger (2-for-3).

The Scots' Zach McGee earned the victory on the mound in relief with a key strikeout in the ninth.

Maryville will now prepare for a key non-conference series in Brevard, North Carolina this Saturday and Sunday.