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Jake Kavcic's Walk-Off Base Hit Gives Gilmour 1-0 Victory Over West Geauga

Alan Kornspan

Believeland Media


The Gilmour Lancers and the West Geauga Wolverines were locked up in a 0-0 pitcher's duel Thursday afternoon at Figgie Field at Sharnsky Stadium on the campus of Gilmour Academy.


Joey Salerno pitched three scoreless innings and had a single and double in the Lancers 1-0 victory over the Wolverines

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However, Andy Kavcic and Jake Kavcic came through in the clutch to give the Wolverines a 1-0 walk-off victory in the bottom of the 7th inning.


The bottom of the 7th started with Andy Kavcic coming up to the plate.


Andy Kavcic doubles down the right field line to start the bottom of the 7th

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On a 3-2 count, Andy Kavcic doubled down the right field line to give the Lancers one on with nobody out.


Andy Kavcic takes his lead at second base after a lead-off double in the bottom of the 7th.

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Next up for the Lancers was Jake Kavcic. 

Jake Kavcic had the walk-off base hit in bottom of 7th to give the Lancers a 1-0 victory over the Wolverines

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After going down in the count 0-2, Jake Kavcic singled to left field to drive in his brother Andy from second base and give the Lancers a 1-0 walk-off victory.

Andy Kavcic scored the winning run in the Lancers 1-0 victory over the Wolverines

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Afterward, Jake and Andy Kavcic both alluded to the importance that games like this can have in helping to build toughness as the Lancers prepare for playoff baseball.



Post-game, Gilmour Head Baseball Coach John Murphy talked about Jake Kavcic's walk-off base hit.


“It was just a great at bat by Kavcic, scoring his brother. Those guys are both really fast. We thought if he got a fastball he could certainly drive it. And he drove it into that left center gap and sent us home all happy.”


For the game, the Lancers were led offensively by Joey Salerno who was 2-2 with a double and a single.  


In addition to the Lancers clutch hitting, the Lancers pitching staff was excellent on the mound throughout the contest.


Getting the start for the Lancers was CJ Santagata who threw three innings, giving up no runs, striking out three and only allowing one hit.


Relieving Santagata in the top of the fourth for the Lancers was Salerno who threw three innings of shutout baseball, giving up no hits and striking out four.


Getting the victory for the Lancers was Jake Kavcic who threw a 7-pitch seventh inning, giving up no runs, no hits and striking out one batter.


The Lancers return to the diamond on Sunday when they host the Chagrin Falls Tigers.

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