Kerr's Walk-Off HR Lifts Scots to Split with Methodist on Senior Day

Photo Credit: Sports Information/ Nina Grauley
Photo Credit: Sports Information/ Nina Grauley

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- The Covenant baseball team ended its 2017 season on Saturday with a doubleheader split against Methodist. The Scots took game one, 8-7, winning in walk-off fashion and dropped game two, 14-4, after the game was called in the top of the sixth inning due to darkness and an approaching thunderstorm.

The Scots end the season with a 14-24 record, while the Monarchs are now 17-21.

Covenant recognized its seniors between the two games: Julien Amorelli, Z Arima, Luke Harvey, Forrest Hunter, Alex Kerr, and Stephen Kegley.

GAME ONE: Covenant 8, Methodist 7

Kerr capped a Covenant comeback with a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh giving the Scots an 8-7 win in game one.

The Monarchs got on the scoreboard early, scoring one run in the top of the first, but the Scots answered quickly. Leadoff hitter Trenton Nobles hit a home run after facing 12 pitches to tie the game at one after one inning of play. The homer was Nobles' third of the year.

Methodist picked up two more runs in the top of the third, and in the top of the fifth scored three runs to increase the lead to 6-1. In the bottom of the fifth, Covenant took a chunk out of the deficit as Nobles picked up two RBIs off a triple and Joel Johnson and Kerr drove in a run apiece to make the score 6-5.

Methodist scored one more run in the top of the sixth to bring its lead up to 7-5, and held the lead going into the bottom of the seventh. But in a perfect senior day scenario, Kerr came up to bat with two runners on, down two runs, with two outs and promptly cranked a three-run home run over the left field fence to give the Scots the walk-off win.

Kerr finished game one with four RBIs and increased his home run total for the season to five, while Nobles drove in three runs and collected two hits. For the Monarchs, Matthias Carter went 3-4 with one RBI.

Drew Bradley got the start on the mound for the Scots, going 4.1 innings and striking out three batters. Ross Skipper (3-1) relieved Bradley and pitched the final 2.2 innings, earning the win after allowing only one earned run on three hits. Methodist starter Nick Norton went 4.1 innings until he was relieved by Sam Berman, but it was Madison Cook (2-3) who was attributed the loss.

GAME TWO: Methodist 14, Covenant 4

In the second game of the doubleheader, Methodist scored seven runs in the fifth to take a lead and would get the 14-4 win as the game was called in the top of the sixth.

It was Covenant's turn to take the lead first. Kerr drove in a run off of a bases-loaded single to give the Scots a 1-0 lead after the first inning, and in the bottom of the third Johnson led off the inning and hit a first-pitch home run deep over the scoreboard to bring the score up to 2-0. The solo shot for Johnson was his fifth homer of the year.

In the bottom of the fourth, rain began to fall heavily and lightning was spotted, and the game was delayed for approximately 40 minutes. There were scattered showers throughout the game.

The Monarchs' fortune changed in the top of the fifth, as the visitors scored seven runs. Alex Kachler's grand slam highlighted the inning for Methodist. 

Hunter got back two runs for the Scots with his second home run of the season, his second of the year. In the top of the sixth, Methodist scored seven more runs before the game was called due to darkness and a storm began as the field was being cleared.

Johnson finished with an RBI to increase his team-high season total to 31, and he and Kerr finished tied with five homers on the season.

Sam Doherty got the start on the mound for the Scots and pitched four innings, allowing one hit and walking only one batter while striking out five. He was relieved by Ben Copeland (1-2), followed by appearances by Hunter and Ty Wilmore. For Methodist, Tyler Hardee (5-2) pitched five innings and struck out three batters.

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