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Baseball - Mon, May 1, 2017
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Baker University
Avila
The Eagles celebrated Senior Day at The Z with a pair of wins over Baker on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Jan Humphreys)
The Eagles celebrated Senior Day at The Z with a pair of wins over Baker on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Jan Humphreys)

Kansas City, MO - Seniors Chad Butler and Tyler Raymond played hero in Sunday's game one, and the Eagles dominated game two as they swept the Baker Wildcats on Senior Day at The Z.

With the Eagles (29-23, 17-15) trailing the Wildcats (16-39, 9-23) by a score of 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning in game one, senior Danny Kralicek got things started with a leadoff double. With one out in the inning, Butler laced a single to left to bring home Kralicek, tying the game a 3. After back-to-back intentional walks to load the bases, Tyler Raymond came through with the walk-off hit, smacking a single through the hole on the right side to score pinch runner Dylan Lucas to give the Eagles a 4-3 game one victory.

The Eagles exploded for nine runs, including seven in the second inning of game two, to pick up an easy 9-1 victory to pick up the Sunday sweep of the Wildcats to close out the regular season with a winning conference record for the third consecutive season.

G1 Box Score: Baker - 3 vs. Avila - 4

Team1234567 RHE
Baker (Kan.)0120000 372
Avila (Mo.)1100002 490

Chad Butler and Tyler Raymond combined to go 5-for-7 with 3 RBIs, including two key hits in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Eagles walked off the Baker Wildcats in game one on Senior Day, 4-3 at The Z. Butler tied the game at 3 apiece with one out in the seventh inning with an RBI single, driving home fellow senior Danny Kralicek, who led off the frame with a hustle double. Later in the inning, senior Tyler Raymond provided the winning hit, an RBI single to right field to give the Eagles the win.

All four runs in the game were driven in by seniors, with Butler knocking home a pair and Raymond and Trevor Norbury each picking up one apiece in the victory.

Butler got the scoring started for the Eagles in the bottom of the first, driving home pinch runner Henry Morphew with a double to make it a 1-0 game. After Baker tied the game with a run in the top of the second, Norbury put the Eagles back in front with a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home Josh Shewmaker.

Avila starter Kyle Singer was solid in his final home start for the Eagles, giving up three earned over 5 1/3 innings pitched as he picked up the no-decision. Senior Chris Glahn relieved Singer in the top of the sixth, stranding three Wildcats to keep the score at 3-2 after picking up a strike out and a ground out. Glahn would toss a perfect seventh inning, and picked up the victory after the Eagles completed the comeback in the bottom of the inning.

Singer benefited from Avila's heads up defense on Sunday, getting a huge out in the sixth inning thanks to the arm of center fielder Danny Kralicek. After Singer hit Baker's Danny Delaquila to lead off the sixth, Matt Stuart singled to center. Delaquila attempted to go first to third on the single, but Kralicek had other ideas, gunning down Delaquila with a perfect strike to third baseman Chad Butler for the first out of the inning.

Avila's defense played error free in game one, helping to improve their team fielding percentage to .967, which is tops in the Heart and good for 13th in the nation.

G2 Box Score: Baker - 1 vs. Avila - 9

Team1234567 RHE
Baker (Kan.)0000001 192
Avila (Mo.)171000X 9101

The Eagles wasted no time scoring in game two, plating all nine runs in the first three innings, including seven in the second to pick up a 9-1 victory to close out the regular season.

Senior started Cage Cascone picked up the victory in his final career start at The Z, tossing four shutout innings while striking out a pair. The victory got Cascone back to .500 on the season with a 5-5 record, and it dropped his ERA to 4.99 on the season as the Eagles head into the tournament this coming week.

Brandon Chandler, Josh Shewmaker and Danny Kralicek had two hits apiece for the Eagles, and Chandler drove home a team-high three runs in the victory. The three RBIs upped Chandler's total to 49 on the season, which gave him the team lead over Chad Butler, who knocked home 48 runs in the regular season.

Senior Chase Watt put the Eagles on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Butler for the 1-0 lead after one inning. The Eagles would use some suspect Baker defense in the second inning to plate seven runs and build a commanding 8-0 lead, and then plate their final run of the game in the third inning to go up 9-0.

Trevor Norbury got things going in the second inning by drawing a one out walk, and then senior James Richards picked up his first career hit in his first at bat to keep the line moving. After Kralicek singled to load the bases, Daniel Wells was hit by a pitch, which brought home Norbury for a 2-0 Eagles lead. After Chad Butler flied out to short, Brandon Chandler tripled home all three base runners to make it a 5-0 game.

The Eagles plated 3 more runs in the inning after Baker's first baseman made a throw home on what could have been an inning ending groundout, plating Chandler and allowing Chase Watt to advance to second base. Tyler Raymond and Norbury would each capitalize later in the inning with RBI singles as the Eagles took complete control.

The Eagles plated their final run in the third inning after Kralicek led off the frame with a triple, and then scored on a Daniel Wells RBI groundout.

The nine runs were more than enough for Cascone, who pitched around a tight strike zone to shut down the Wildcats for four innings. Senior Erick Mojica relieved Cascone in the fifth, tossing two scoreless innings to preserve the shutout. Mojica now has back-to-back scoreless outings, covering 3.1 innings against Benedictine and Baker.

Senior first baseman A.J. Oviedo lived out a dream in the seventh inning, coming in from the bullpen and pitching for the first time in his career. The lefty retired two of the four batters he faced in the inning and surrendered one run before being removed for fellow senior and position player, Chase Watt. After removing all of his wrist bands and his sunglasses, Watt got Matt Stuart to pop out to short to end the game.

Oviedo will go down in the record books with the final line of 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 13.50 ERA, while Watt will go down with the following: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0.00 ERA.

The Eagles will be off until Wednesday when they head to Springfield, Mo. for the 2017 Heart Postseason Tournament. The Eagles will need to reach the championship game in order to make their second straight trip to the NAIA National Tournament.

Note: Sunday concluded the first STRIKE OUT SARCOMA Series between the Baker Wildcats and Avila Eagles. The auction items that were up for bidding will stay available until May 10th. For more information, CLICK HERE.