April 14, 2012

Fords Take Two From Shoremen, 17-11 and 23-9

Marinelli With Two Hits In Both Games

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting Haverford recorded a pair of wins over host Washington College on Saturday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in Centennial Conference baseball action.  The Fords won game one, 17-11, and took game two, 23-9, in a game that was called after seven innings due to darkness.  The Fords improve to 15-16 overall and 7-5 in Centennial play, while the Shoremen fall to 23-6 and 8-4 respectively.

In game one, Nick Miranda scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeremy Zoll to put the Fords up 1-0 in the top of the first, but the Shoremen scored twice in the last of the first to grab a 2-1 lead.  Sophomore Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) scored on an RBI groundout by senior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Saleisanum) to tie the game at 1-1 and senior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1.

Haverford scored three times in the top of the third to take a 4-2 lead.  Zoll drove home Justin Coulter on a double to tie the game at 2-2.  A fielding error by WC led to Casey Fox and Alex Hudak scoring on the same play and it was a 4-2 Fords lead. 

Washington scored four times to take a 6-4 lead.  Freshman Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep (NJ) drove in Marinelli and Rolewicz on a double to right to tie the game at 4-4.  Senior Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) tripled to right-center to score junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) and Matthews to put the hosts by two runs.

Each team would score a run in the fourth inning and the Shoremen tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-5 lead.  The Fords scored twice in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 8-7.

Haverford took the lead for good with a five-run top of the seventh to take a 12-8 lead.  Miranda scored on an error to tie the game at 8-8.  Zoll put the Fords up 9-8 when he doubled home Jake Chaplin.  Coulter scored on a ground out off the bat of Fox to give Haverford a two-run lead.  Hudak doubled to right to plate Zoll and made it 11-8 and the scoring was capped when Hudak scored on a single by Mike Tentilucci

Washington scored once in the seventh when sophomore Pat Kinsella (Guilford, CT/Guilford) scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) to cut the lead to 12-9.  Washington scored twice in the last of the eighth to reduce Haverford's lead to one run at 12-11.  Rolewicz scored on a triple to right-center by Cotterell and Cotterell scored on a single by junior Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) to trim the lead to one, but the Fords were able to get out of the frame ahead.

In the top of the ninth, the Fords scored five times to put it away.  Coulter scored when Matt Liscovitz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 13-11.  The Fords then scored three runs on an error that plated Zoll, Fox and Liscovitz to make it 16-11.  The final run was a squeeze play where Tentilucci scored off the bunt of William Bannard.

For the Fords, who had 11 hits in game one, Zoll was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored to spark the offense.  Coulter and Fox scored three times, while Hudak drove in two runs and scored twice.  Miranda had two runs and two hits, Coulter had two hits and Chaplin crossed home twice.  On the mound, Mike Bozzi got the win in relief and improves to 1-0, while Tommy Bergjans got the save, his first.

For the Shoremen, who had 13 hits in the opener, Cotterell, Marinelli, Rolewicz, Wilcox and Willis all had two hits, while Matthews and Wilcox drove in two runs and Cotterell, Matthews and Rolewicz scored twice.  Pitching wise, freshman pitcher/outfielder Matt Christopher (Kennett Square, PA/Unionville) got the loss and drops to 2-1.

In game two, Washington scored once in the bottom of the first and four in the last of the second to take a 5-1 lead.  A two-run double down the left field line by Connole highlighted the first two innings for WC. 

The Fords took the lead in game two for good with six runs in the top of the third.  Chaplin tripled home two runs to cut the Washington lead to 5-3 and he scored on a Coulter double to trim the lead to 5-4.  Hudak doubled home Coulter and Zoll to put Haverford up for good at 6-5.  Liscovitz grounded out to shortstop, but it did allow Fox to score to cap the six-run outburst and gave the guests a 7-5 lead.

The Fords scored twice in the top of the fourth to lead 9-5.  A two-run triple by Hudak plated Zoll and Fox to give Haverford a four run lead.  In the last of the fourth, WC scored three times to cut Haverford's lead to 9-8.  Sophomore Jon Mahaffey (Sykesville, MD/Century) scored sophomore Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford) on a sac fly to trim the lead to three.  Marinelli scored on a ground-rule double by Normoyle to cut the Fords' cushion to 9-7.  The scoring was capped on a Connole run off of a sacrifice fly by Rolewicz.

The Fords scored twice in the top of the fifth to make it 11-8 on a Chaplin two-run hit that scored Tantilucci and Bannard.  The Shoremen got one back in the last of the fifth to reduce Haverford's lead to 11-9.  Marinelli socked a ground-rule double to score freshman Michael Festa (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North) to cut the Fords lead to two runs.  WC had the bases loaded with two outs, but Bozzi got Mahaffey to ground out to short for the final out of the fifth.

Haverford scored five times in the top of the sixth and seven runs in the top of the seventh to bust open the game and provide the final margin.  The game was called after the seventh due to darkness.

Hudak was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with six RBI and two runs scored, while Chaplin went 3-for-5 with a game-high seven RBI.  Bannard went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Zoll was 2-for-3 with four runs scored.  Fox scored five times to lead all players and added a pair of hits.  Miranda and Tantilucci each had two RBI and two runs scored, while Coulter and Liscovitz scored twice.  The Fords had 18 hits in game two.  Bozzi got the win in game two on the hill and goes to 2-0 as he won both games for Haverford.

Marinelli and Remington each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Marinelli added an RBI.  Connole and Mahaffey each drove in a pair for WC.  Washington had eight hits in game two.  On the mound, sophomore Brian Lewis (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) took the loss and drops to 3-1.

Washington is home again on Tuesday afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. game against visiting Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference action.

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