Crusaders Take Two from Barton, Remain in First Place

Crusaders Take Two from Barton, Remain in First Place

BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey Crusaders Swept a Conference Carolinas doubleheader against Barton, moving their record to 30-8-1, 18-3 within conference play. The Crusaders won game one by a 6-1 final, followed by a 7-6 come from behind win to take the series.

The Crusaders plated four early runs in their first two at bats, as Nick Beinlich and Conor Kwalwasser picked up RBI hits to give Blake Waldren a lead and a chance to send the series to a rubber game.

In the fifth, Beinlich was back at it, driving home Nick Nunziato on a sac fly. Kayden Krause would single home Weston Clarke to give Waldren his largest lead of the day at 6-1. 

Waldren picked up his fifth win of the year, going 6.2 innings while striking out seven Bulldog batters. He would scatter eight hits, allowing zero earned runs on the afternoon.

Brady Hill would strike out Landon Dunlap to end the game, as the Abbey earned their 29th win of 2016.

In game two, the Crusaders would offer a real jump start to Harry Ferguson, as the Abbey scored four times in the opening frame. Nick Beinlich hit a fastball out to left center, giving the Pennsylvania native his seventh clout of the year.

Colin Rosenbaum's double was followed by a Weston Clarke double, scoring Rosenbaum. Lorenzo Wright plated Clarke with a sharp single to left.

Matt McGarry would rip a double to right center to score Wright and pace the Abbey to the four run outburst.

The Abbey bats would be silenced by Barton starter Kerry Walker, as he would allow no runs for the next six innings.

Barton (26-14, 12-8 CC) would score a single run in the fourth before taking the lead in the fifth with a five run frame. The big blow for Barton was a double from Chris Davis, driving home the go ahead runs.

The five run response from Barton would chase Harry Ferguson from the game, as the Abbey senior would not be involved in the decision.

Ross Garrett, Brady Hill and Sam Luchansky would work a pair of scoreless innings of relief to get the game to Kyle Halbohn.

In the eighth, Halbohn would strand two Barton runners to keep the deficit at 6-4.

Matt McGarry would lead off the eighth by reaching on an error. Two batters later, Conor Kwalwasser would hit a grounder to third, but the throw from Gatlin Pate would sail over the head of Ben Williams to score McGarry, as Kwalwasser would end up at third.

With Nick Beinlich at the plate, Walker would uncork a wild pitch that scores Kwalwasser, evening the game at six all.

That set the stage for Beinlich, who would repeat his first inning exploits with a homer to the almost exact location beyond the wall at Abbey Yard. The blast was his eighth and would leave Halbohn poised for his second win in relief.

Halbohn would slam the door on the series win, striking out Pate to end the game on a delayed third strike call.

Halbohn would pick up his second win versus no defeats, as Walker dropped the decision for Barton, falling to 4-2.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, as they travel to Brevard. Airtime is slated for 2:45pm on the BASN, with first pitch at 3pm. Find the broadcast on: www.basn.wgnc.net