Navy Baseball Advances to Patriot League Championship with Best of Three Series
In case you missed it, over the weekend, the #1 (Patriot League standings) Naval Academy Midshipmen hosted #4 Holy Cross Crusaders for Patriot League Semifinals.
In a play of best of three, the teams split Saturday; Holy Cross won Game 1, 4-2, while Navy took Game 2, 4-0.
As the home team in Game 1, Navy responded to each of Holy Cross’s runs. The first game of which in the fourth, then the sixth where HC scores twice while Navy crosses Home just once. In the seventh inning, Holy Cross added their fourth run, while Navy fell silent for the rest of the game.
Noah Song was Navy’s starting pitcher for Game 1. In his six innings pitched, he allowed four runs, three of which were earned, walked five, struck out seven, penalized with a balk, and threw 106/67. Despite his valiant efforts, he was deemed the “losing” pitcher.
The second game of Saturday was certainly a pitchers duel. Navy’s Sean Kamhoot went for 8.1 innings pitched, allowing nine hits, zero runs, walked two, and struck out six. Holy Cross’s Pat McGowan went for nine IP, 10 hits, earned four runs, walked three, and struck out five. Kamhoot threw 99 pitches; 73 strikes. McGowan threw 124 overall; 87 strikes.
Navy’s offense heros of Game 2 were Logan Knowles and Zach Biggers. The two Midshipmen advanced players on base with bunts. While the bunt seems to be forgotten/frowned upon in Major League Baseball, Navy used the fundamental to their benefit, to ultimately win the game.
Sunday was Game 3 in which Navy played as the home team, and won 4-1. Of the four runs scored, three were achieved teamwork fashion: RBI. In the eighth inning, Evan Lowery crossed the plate to rack up run number four, thanks to a wild pitch. Andrew Sauer was the winning pitcher, and pitched the complete game. In the nine innings he allowed five hits, one earned run, walked zero, struck out nine, tossed 104 with 73 of them as strikes.
With the endurance of the pitchers, and utilizing the fundamentals at the plate, the Midshipmen have advanced to the Patriot League Championship. As the #1 seed, they will host a “best of three” series, against Army Black Knights. Yes, another Army-Navy series.
Game 1 will be played tomorrow, Friday, at 1pm (weather permitting).
Game 2, Saturday, 1pm.
Game 3, Sunday, 1pm, if needed.