Army Baseball Secures Star in Dramatic Fashion

The Army West Point baseball team plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the third game of the weekend series to win the Star with a 7-6 victory at Doubleday Field at West Point.

by Army Athletic Communications

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point Baseball may have been down, but they we're never out. Enter Chris Barr. 

Trailing by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth in Sunday's Baseball Star Series-deciding game against the Navy Midshipman, Addision Ainsworth tied the game with a one-out double, and Barr gave the Black Knights the right to sing second with a two-out walk-off base hit to score pinch-runner Zak Farrell, and secure the 7-6 victory. 

Army improved to 25-18 and 14-7 in the Patriot League, securing the head-to-head tiebreaker over Navy. The Black Knights now sit just one win away from the Patriot League regular season title and home-field advantage throughout the conference tournament.

Starting pitcher Matthew Ronnebaum delivered seven innings, striking out eight batters in a no-decision. 

William Parker gave Army an early lead in the opening stanza, scoring Derek Berg on an RBI single. 

Navy took the lead in the top of the second with a two-run homer. But a Berg solo home run in the third tied the contest, before Braden Golinski gave the Black Knights a 4-2 lead in the fifth on a two-run home run. 

Parker stretched the lead to three runs on a two-out RBI infield single in the sixth.

The Mids would respond however with two runs in the seventh to cut the Army lead to one, before taking the lead with a two-run eighth. Berg however kept the game in reach for Army, executing a pickoff throw behind the plate to second base. 

A Golinski leadoff single in the ninth set up Army's ninth-inning rally, advancing into scoring position via a passed ball.

Trey Ates made a bullpen appearance before Andrew Berg recorded the final six outs and earned the win.