Maryville, TN- Berea's baseball team opened a three-game series today against an opponent they will see often in the future as they enter the USA South Athletic Conference next season. The team played a doubleheader against the Scots of Maryville College today.
The first inning of the opening game saw two hits from Nathaniel Summey and Ryan Blevens but no runs as the teams went into the next inning with a scoreless tie. The tie was broken in the second inning by the Mountaineers as Andrew Akins became a baserunner on an error, moving into scoring position at second base on the throwing error. Akins moved to third on William Hislope's bunt single. Hislope moved to second on Cambridge Dacci's sacrifice bunt, before a single by Nicholas Bottom put the first run on the board as Akins scored and Hislope moved to third, making the score 1-0. A single by Joshua Works made the score 2-0 as Hislope crossed home plate. The next batter ended the inning with the third out. A run in the bottom half of the second by the Scots cut Berea's lead in half and Summey came to the plate in the third inning looking to extend the Mountaineers' lead with his single. Summey moved to second base off a sacrifice bunt before being left on base as the next two batters recorded outs. Maryville took the lead in the same inning, scoring four runs to move ahead 5-2.
Hislope opened the fourth inning with a single and quickly made his way to third off another sacrifice bunt and a Works single. Josh Wilson hit a single which resulted in a run as Hislope scored to cut the Scots lead to just two, 5-3. As the teams headed to the sixth inning, Maryville led 7-3 after scoring two runs in the fourth before Berea cut into the lead after a Bottom single brought Dacci home to make the scoreboard read 7-4. The game was blown open in the bottom half of the sixth inning as the Scots scored five runs to lead by eight, 12-4. Hislope scored his third run of the game as Caleb Gupton's single gave Berea five runs for the game, but the team was unable to score anymore runs as Maryville won by a final score of 14-5.
Hislope led the way at the plate for the Mountaineers, going 3-4 and scoring three runs. Bottom led the team in RBIs with two. Berea combined for 14 hits. Griffen Norris started on the mound for the Mountaineers.
With Wilson and Blevens on base in the beginning of the second game, Ron Overstreet helped the Mountaineers take an early 2-0 advantage as his double scored the baserunners. After a Scots' run in the first and a scoreless second inning, Maryville score three runs in the third inning to lead 4-2. Berea cut the deficit to just one run in the fifth inning as Dacci scored a run off a Works single to make the score 4-3 before Maryville responded with two runs in the bottom half of the same inning, taking a 6-3 lead. The bats went cold for the Mountaineers over the remainder of the game as the Scots score three more runs in the game to win 9-3.
Blevens, Overstreet, Dacci and Works each recorded a hit for the team to go along with two RBIs from Overstreet. Michael Smither started on the bump for the team.
Berea's record moves to 9-15 on the season as they look to get back on the winning track with the series conclusion against Maryville tomorrow. The final game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM and live stats of all the action can be found here.