2024 NAIA Baseball World Series – Game 18 Recap


No. 6 Tennessee Wesleyan (46-16) defeats No. 5 Reinhardt (Ga.) (42-19),  3-2 (11 inn.) | Box Score


  • Tennessee Wesleyan will play Hope International (Calif.) on Friday at 6:35 p.m. for the championship
  • Reinhardt has been eliminated from championship play



  • In the first two innings, Reinhardt left two runners on the bases while Tennessee Wesleyan went three up, three down both times
  • The Eagles got scoring started in the top of the third with L Dockery belting a monster shot to left field
  • TWU had their first base runner reach in the bottom of the third, but it took until their next at-bat when Cayle Webster singled to right field scoring Evan Magill
  • During the fifth and sixth innings, the two Appalachian Athletic Conference teams combined for only one base runner
  • Reinhardt broke the tied score with a center field single by Matty Maurer which scored Sam Kilgore
  • During the top of the eighth, RU had runners on first and second with no outs; a pitching change to Carter Gannaway was the trick as he recorded a strikeout swinging and Webster recorded a double play to end the inning
  • Andrew Herbert, after a mound visit, got a key groundout to the short stop to keep the Eagles on top 2-1
  • The ninth inning began with a Magill double to right center, bouncing just over the outstretched glove of the RU second baseman
  • With two outs punched, Daniel Stewart singled to center which brought Magill home and tied the game at 2-2, pushing the game into extra innings
  • TWU got themselves out of a jam, turning a double play to close out the top of the 10th
  • Kruise Newman hit the game winning single to left field, scoring Magill – who plated all three runs in the game
  • Jake Sergent (W, 5-2) earns the decision for the last 2.2 innings of work, but Blake Peyton was the workhouse going seven full innings and striking out seven
  • Herbert pitched a gem in the loss (L, 11-2) throwing 132 pitches and striking out 10 batters
  • The three Eagles hits were all by different batter’s with Lance Dockery and Maurer recording RBI as well
  • Magill was 2-4 in the box with three runs scored while Newman and Stewart also tallied a pair of hits
  • This is the second game of the World Series to go extra innings, both going 11 innings