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Baseball falls short in SLIAC championships

Baseball falls short in SLIAC championships

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

GREENVILLE, Ill. -- The baseball team nearly completed an improbable run to a second straight SLIAC baseball tournament championship but fell short 9-5 against Westminster in a winner-take-all championship game on Saturday.

Game 1 Recap

Shane Olmsted went 2-for-4 and hit a home run, sparking the Panthers to a 9-6 victory over Westminster on Saturday.

He singled in the third inning and homered in the fifth inning.

Phillip Reedy recorded the win for the Panthers.  He allowed five runs over 6 2/3 innings. Reedy struck out three, walked three and gave up seven hits.

The Panthers never trailed after scoring two runs in the second on two singles.

The Panthers scored one run in the fifth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the ninth. In the fifth, the Panthers scored on a solo home run by Olmsted.

Five runs in the bottom of the seventh helped Westminster close its deficit to 8-5.  The Panthers stopped the rally after Dillon Reel got Tyler Branneky to fly out.

After pushing across one run in the bottom of the eighth, Westminster faced just a 8-6 deficit. An RBI double by gave Westminster life, but Jason Collingwood got Connor Hager to ground out to end the inning.

Game 2 Recap

A tight game was decided in the sixth inning as the Panthers fell to Westminster 9-5 on Saturday.

Mike Hardin reached base three times. He scored two runs and had one RBI. He singled in the second and fourth innings.

Jonah Moore was charged with the loss. He allowed six runs in five innings, walked one and struck out six.

The top of the first saw the Panthers take an early lead, 1-0.

The game's final lead went to Westminster thanks to a sixth inning rally that saw five runs cross the plate on a three-run home run by Nick Bohlmann and two singles.

Hardin, Nate Miller, Travis Ralls, Jesse Getz, Danny Strohm, and Dathan Berning all had two hits for Greenville.

Following the tournament, C.J. Opp, Strohm, and Berning were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Panthers concluded their season with a 24-21 overall record and third straight season in the SLIAC title game.

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This story was published on May 14, 2016

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