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Belmont Abbey baseball stays alive with early Saturday morning walkoff home run

By Richard Walker

Belmont Abbey stayed alive in the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament early Saturday morning when Mason Dodd’s walkoff home run in the bottom of the 10th inning advanced the Crusaders into another elimination contest later on Saturday at Wilson’s Fleming Field.

Dylan Smith

Dodd’s home run made a winner of former Forestview standout Dylan Smith. A 2015 Forestview graduate and all-conference relief pitcher, Smith pitched 4 2-3 innings of one-hit relief with eight strikeouts for the victory.

Due to weather issues, the Crusaders’ scheduled Friday afternoon game was moved back and didn’t start until 10:41 p.m. on Friday night. Dodd’s game-winner, which came on the first pitch of the bottom of the 10th inning, ended the game at 1:46 a.m. on Saturday.

Dodd had originally tied the game at 3 in the sixth inning with another solo home run.

Belmont Abbey improved to 21-19 with the victory and now must play No. 2 seeded North Greenville (30-11) in an elimination contest that begins at noon on Saturday. The winner advances into a Sunday 1 p.m. game.

Full results and pairings:

Wednesday’s play-in games
No. 7 King 6, No. 6 Emmanuel 1
No. 5 Barton 23, No. 8 Southern Wesleyan 6

Thursday’s first round
Game 3 – No. 3 Erskine 11, No. 4 Belmont Abbey 1
Game 4 – Barton 11, No. 2 North Greenville 9
Game 5 – No. 1 Mount Olive 13, King 4

Friday’s games
Game 6 – North Greenville 21, King 8 (King eliminated)
Game 7 – Belmont Abbey 4, Mount Olive 3, 10 innings
Game 8 – Barton 11, Erskine 10

Saturday’s games
Game 9 – North Greenville vs. Belmont Abbey, noon
Game 10 – Mount Olive vs. Erskine, 3:30 p.m.
Game 11 – Barton vs. Winner Game 10, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s games
Game 12 – Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 11, 1 p.m.
Game 13 – (if necessary), 4 p.m.