BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Mykel Gordon homered and drove in two runs, Jared Schmidt collected three hits and Rayden Sierra drove in a pair of runs, as Cumberland took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh over Lindsey Wilson before the rains came and suspended the contest late Friday night in the Mid-South Conference Baseball Championships at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The contest was suspended at 12:50 a.m. and will be resumed sometime Saturday, weather permitting, with Cumberland batting in the bottom of the seventh and runners on first and third with one out.
Gordon’s solo homer to left to leadoff the bottom of the second, his ninth of the year, gave the Phoenix an early lead and Schmidt followed with a double to rightcenter. He moved to third when a pickoff throw hit him in the side and bounced into rightfield and scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 CU edge.
The Blue Raiders stranded a pair of runners in the first and third innings and one runner in the second and fourth before finally breaking through in the fifth against Cumberland starter Blake Young.
Alec Salcedo led off with a single and Ben Heideman worked a walk before a sacrifice bunt by Oliver Baez pushed the runners to second and third. Steven Calderon’s chopper between first and second turned into an RBI single and Tyler Maskill put down a beautiful safety squeeze, beating the throw to first and plating the second run of the inning for Lindsey Wilson.
Nick Sanders was hit, loading the bases, and Jordan Gardner’s slow roller to short gave LWC its first lead. Seth Price’s ground ball up the middle also plated a run for a 4-2 Blue Raiders advantage.
Cumberland answered in the bottom of the inning thanks to a one-out walk to Mira and a single to left from Caleb Kellogg. Sierra then laced a double into the rightfield corner, scoring both runners, and he slid in ahead of the throw on an RBI single to left from Gordon, putting the Phoenix back in front, 5-4.
Cumberland added another run in the sixth and could have had more when Jordan Hunt reached on an error with one out and stole second. Lindsey Wilson made a pitching change with a 2-2 count and two outs on Mira because of an injury, but Mira delivered a soft single to center, plating Hunt for a 6-4 lead.
Nathan Vaughn followed with a single and Sierra walked before Gordon ripped a ball into the gap in rightcenter, but Calderon had him played perfectly, tracking down the line drive to end the inning with CU getting just one run.
Maskill walked and stole second to start the seventh for the Blue Raiders and he took third on a balk. With two outs Price’s line drive to deep center got over the head of Peyton Wheatley, plating a run, but after another free pass, Cumberland reliever Curtis Hoppe got out of the jam with a pop-up with the Phoenix still leading by a run.
Young worked 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out three. Hoppe, in his second contest of the day, gave up one run on two hits with three walks in 2.2 innings of relief.