Newark, OH – The Barons split a doubleheader in Newark vs. OSU Newark/COTC. The first game went to OSU Newark by the score of 18 to 17 in 9 innings while game 2 favored the Barons 10 to 6.
In game one the Barons held a 12 to 2 lead at one point until their defense failed them, allowing the monumental come from behind victory for Newark. It was a 4 ½ hour game that felt even longer as they lost several players to injury during the game as starting shortstop Justin Mayer (Shawnee) left with a leg injury in the 4th, starting centerfielder and backup shortstop, Tyler Deam (Triad) dislocated a finger in the same inning, later in the game starting first baseman Beau Pester (Miller City) injured his leg scoring while avoiding the tag in the eighth inning. Of the three, only Deam was able to return to the game in a limited role.
In the 2nd game the Barons were able to rebound from the difficult loss with a 10 to 6 win. Again the Barons jumped out to a lead to see Newark come back and tie it up, however the Barons were able to do a much better job of stopping the bleeding this contest, shoring up their defense despite several players out of position due to injuries. The Barons showed great poise, and should have built some confidence achieving the win despite some hardships.
The Barons are on the road again on Tuesday as they take on OSU Mansfield at 4pm. The Barons will return home for a doubleheader with Southern State on Thursday, April 24th with game one scheduled to begin at 2:30.
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