Hudson walks it off for Chowan in thrilling extra inning victory

Published 9:24 am Friday, March 10, 2023

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MURFREESBORO – Warren Bailey and Rowan Hudson’s childhood scenarios were played out to perfection as the Chowan baseball team rallied to defeat Emory & Henry, 15-14, thanks to a walk-off home run in extra innings at home on Wednesday afternoon.

But to get to extra innings, Chowan first needed some magic in the bottom of the ninth and Bailey delivered by crushing a three-run homer to tie the game at 14-14.

Hudson’s solo homer won the game in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Hudson would go 3-5 at the plate.

Carrington Williams also went 3-5 with four RBI. Bailey picked up two hits and two walks to go along with four RBI. Christian Bartholomew would hit a home run.

Landon Oughton picked up the win in relief, going 2.0 innings allowing one hit and struck out two. Konnor Tomczak tossed 5.0 innings of shutout ball with two hits and six strikeouts in relief.

Emory & Henry took a 5-0 lead after the first inning as two errors aided the rally.

Chowan answered in the bottom of the third inning as Bartholomew was hit by a pitch and Geomar Santana singled up the middle. The duo would come around to score on Williams’ single to left. Williams scored on Bailey’s single to left to cut the deficit to 5-3.

The Hawks used a miscue in the fourth inning to take the lead. Bartholomew hit a solo homer to start the rally. Santana drew a walk before Williams greeted the new pitcher with a single. Bailey drew a walk to load the bases before a throwing error allowed Santana and Williams to come around to score to lead 6-5.

Chowan pushed the lead to 9-5 in the fifth inning as Jackson Dunlap and Hudson picked up singles. Dunlap would score on an error following Ty Johnson’s sacrifice bunt attempt. Caleb Karie hit a sacrifice fly before a wild pitch led to another run.

Emory & Henry would rally in the seventh inning scoring six runs off five hits to regain the lead 11-9. The Wasps extended their lead to 14-9 in the eighth inning.

In the ninth, Johnson and Karie picked up base hits before Santana drew a walk to load the bases. Williams singled down the left field line to cut the deficit to 14-11. Bailey welcomed the new pitcher with a two-out, three-run home run to right field to even the score at 14-all and send the game to extra innings.

On a 1-1 count, Hudson would send the Hawks into a frenzy with a walk-off home run to left center for the victory in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Chowan will look to continue the momentum into their Conference Carolinas series with Mount Olive. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 12 noon on Saturday, March 11.