Walnut Ridge, Ark. – The Williams Baptist College baseball team traveled to Hannibal, Mo., last weekend for a three game conference series against Hannibal-LaGrange University. The Eagles were able to win the first two games of the series by a final of 11-4 on Friday and 4-0 on Tuesday. The Trojans rallied to win the final game 8-4.
In game one, Hannibal raced out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Williams answered by scoring nine runs from the third through sixth innings and added two more in the top of the ninth to close the door for the victory.
Cogan Ford went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Teammate Jim Manney was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Mitchell Dennis also finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Kendall Fay finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Ethan Quarles earned his second win of the season on the mound for the Eagles. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while posting three strikeouts. Paul Keen earned his first save of the season, pitching three innings of scoreless relief, surrendering three hits, while recording four strikeouts.
WBC shut down HLG in game two as Spencer Theilemier and Dalton Freshour combined to throw the first shutout of the season for the Eagles. Theilemier threw 3.1 innings, surrendering three hits and adding a strikeout. Freshour earned his second win of the season, throwing 3.2 innings, while allowing only one hit, and added three strikeouts. Manney went 2-for-4, Fay went 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored, and Ford finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Hannibal was able to take the series finale by a final of 8-5. Ford continued to swing a hot bat, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and included a pair of RBIs. Marco Palacios went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Williams is now 8-25 overall and 3-18 in the American Midwest Conference. The Eagles will hit the road for a non-conference game against Hendrix University on Tuesday. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m., start in Conway, Ark. The Eagles resume conference play this weekend with a three game set against Freed-Hardeman University. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m., at WBC's Shell Field.