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Baseball
EWC Honored Seven Seniors Prior To Saturday's Doubleheader
EWC Honored Seven Seniors Prior To Saturday's Doubleheader
Baseball - Sun, Apr. 16, 2017

Jacksonville, FL-In front of a large crowd of family, friends, and Tiger fans on Senior Day, Edward Waters earned a split of a doubleheader with city rival Trinity Baptist College Saturday afternoon at James P. Small Memorial Park. EWC won Game One, 1-0 but was unable to claim the season sweep of the Eagles, falling 5-0 in Game Two. The Tigers claimed the three-game weekend series with Trinity Baptist, 2-1 as they defeated the Eagles, 5-3 on Friday afternoon and EWC took the season series with TBC, 5-1. 

Prior to the start of the doubleheader, EWC honored seven seniors for their hard work and dedication to the baseball program. The 2017 senior class of 2B Juan Bracamonte, C/3B Alberto Rivera, P Frederick Belz, P Kelcey Bradley, OF/P Miguel Beltre, P Richard Edwards, and P Travis Coleman entered Saturday's doubleheader with an overall record of 115-78 (the best four-year record in modern-day program history). The senior class was also a part of three consecutive winning seasons including back-to-back seasons of 30+ wins, a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship in 2015, and set a new program record for winning percentage in 2016 (.706).

Game One (Edward Waters 1, Trinity Baptist 0):

Defense was the order of the day in the opener as the Tigers squeaked by with a 1-0 victory. Trinity Baptist was able to put good swings on Tiger pitching in game one, but EWC's defense and the pitching of Belz helped the Tigers pick up their 29th victory of the year. After giving up a leadoff single to Trinity's John Shiver in the top of the first inning, Belz retired the next eight Eagle batters in succession before allowing a baserunner via a walk in the top of third inning. Beltre and Sophomore CF Bryan Rodriguez made several highlight reel catches throughout the game including a beautiful diving catch by Rodriguez in the top of the second inning to rob TBC 1B Jeremy Rivera of a hit.

The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the third inning as Rodriguez earned a walk to leadoff the inning. Eagles pitcher Matt Carter threw the ball away on a pick-off attempt which allowed Rodriguez to motor around to third base. On the same play, TBC's Rivera threw the ball wide of 3B AJ Aleixo and allowed Rodriguez to score what proved to be the game winning run for Edward Waters.

Belz (6-3) on his Senior Day start was dominant as he threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits, striking out six, and walking one. Fellow senior Kelcey Bradley finished up the contest on the mound for EWC earning his first save of the season. Carter took the hard luck loss for TBC despite a quality outing from the Jacksonville native. He threw five innings, allowed three hits, walked two, struck out two, and had one unearned run.

Beltre and Sophomore 1B Carlos Cabrera led the Tigers efforts at the plate, both going 1-for-2 with a single a piece.

Game Two (Trinity Baptist 5, Edward Waters 0):

As masterful as Belz was for Edward Waters in game one, Trinity Baptist's John Shiver was equally as exceptional on the mound in game two as the Eagles avoided the sweep, winning 5-0.

Rodriguez opened the contest with a single for EWC and two wild pitches allowed him to get to as far a third base, but the Eagles were able to shut the door as Shiver retired the next 11 consecutive batters he faced.

The bottom fell out from under the Tigers in the top of the sixth inning as Trinity Baptist already leading 1-0 pushed four more runs across the plate to blow the game open.

Shiver pitched five shutout innings for the Eagles, allowing just one hit, striking out four and walking two. Fellow Senior Travis Coleman (3-3) was charged with the loss for Edward Waters throwing 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits, five earned runs, and striking out four.

Edward Waters goes to 29-17 overall with the doubleheader split and will return to action on Saturday, April 22 to begin a four-game series against former Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and GCAC rival Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.