Written by Staff Reports
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 08:06
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (21-29) ended the 2013 season with a walk-off run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 9-8 win over Limestone (20-23) Monday evening at Bears Field.
L-R junior outfielder Brandon Walker (Otisville, N.Y.) hit a grand slam and scored the game-ending run in the ninth to lead the Bears to the victory.
Walker scored on a sacrifice fly by senior outfielder Logan Senelis-Jose (Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands) with no outs and the bases loaded. The Saints scored three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to build an 8-5 advantage before the Bears rallied with the final four runs of the contest.
Limestone's Tyler Wood (Hughesville, Md.) and Chad Balderman (Irmo, S.C.) each finished with two hits and two runs batted in despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman catcher Mickey Manser (Salem, Ohio) added a three hits and three runs batted in while sophomore outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) hit a solo home run for the Bears, who ended the season with two straight victories.
L-R senior Chase Scott (Bessemer City, N.C.) (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the win in his first appearance of the season. Balderman (0-1), who connected on a double and a triple, was also tagged with the setback.
David Martin did not play in Monday's season finale. But the true freshman from Watauga High school finished his season with a .288 batting average. He also had a .492 slugging percentage. Martin had seven doubles, a triple and six home runs among his 38 hits. He also drove in 24 runs.
The Bears did not make the South Atlantic Conference Tournament field. The top six teams advance. L-R (12-15 in SAC play) finished seventh. The SAC Tournament will be held at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C., April 18-21.
Photo Courtesy: Brandon Walker, L-R Athletics