Ninth Inning Rally Lifts Baseball Past Greyhounds

Photo by Cody Wainscott
Photo by Cody Wainscott

INDIANAPOLIS – Trailing 10-6 going into the ninth inning, Ohio Dominican's baseball team scored five times in the top of the frame, then threw out the potential tying run at the plate with two outs to seal an 11-10 win at Indianapolis to split a non-league doubleheader Wednesday.

After falling 3-0 in the opener, the Panthers (19-14) found themselves down 9-4 in the seventh. Freshman Manny Vorhees (Wapakoneta, Ohio) doubled and would score on an error in right, then senior Genesis Hillard (Cincinnati, Ohio) had an RBI single to bring in freshman Thomas Staab (Bellville, Ohio) to cut it to 9-6.

Indy (20-13) scored a run in the eighth to take a 10-6 lead before ODU mounted its comeback. The Panthers loaded the bases with one out, and senior Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) singled back up the middle to bring in Staab and freshman Michael Lang (Cincinnati, Ohio).

With two outs and the bases loaded again, sophomore Tim Zeller (Mount Vernon, Ohio) hit a two-run double to left to tie the game at 10, and Vorhees' RBI single would plate junior Joey Machuga (Canfield, Ohio) and give the Panthers the lead.

The Greyhounds put two on with two outs in the bottom half and had a basehit to left, but Hillard's throw to the plate would cut down the would-be tying run and give the Panthers the win.

ODU finished with 13 hits in the game, led by Vorhees' three-hit effort. Hillard, Kaucher and senior Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio) had two hits apiece, and Hillard and Kaucher each had two steals as well.

Bland cracked a two-run homer to put the Panthers on the board in the second inning, but Indy countered with a three-run homer in the bottom half and scored another run in the fourth to go in front 4-2.

The Panthers scored twice in the fifth to tie it on Vorhees' basehit and Lang's fielder's choice grounder before the Greyhounds countered with five unanswered runs.

The opener was scoreless headed to the bottom of the sixth when Indy plated all three of its runs to earn the win.

ODU was limited to just one hit in the opener, a first inning double by Kaucher. Senior Garret Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio) started and threw 5.0 scoreless frames, scattering five hits and punching out six, which was a season-high.

Ohio Dominican will return to conference play with a four-game series at Lake Erie, beginning with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles