Team Concludes Most Successful Campaign In History at 28-12
BALTIMORE, MD – Second seeded Haverford raced out to a 5-0 lead after two innings en route to a 9-1 win over third seed Washington College in the championship round of the 2012 Centennial Conference Baseball Tournament at JHU Baseball Diamond. The Shoremen, who had to win both game in the championship round, conclude their season at 28-12, while the Fords improve to 24-17. Haverford receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament by winning the conference tournament.
The Fords struck for a run in the bottom of the first inning when Nick Miranda scored on a double play to put Haverford up for good at 1-0.
Haverford took control of the game with a four run bottom of the second to lead 5-0 all with two outs. Casey Fox scored on a hit-by-pitch of Miranda to make it 2-0. Jake Chaplin walked with the sacks packed to plate Matt Liscovitz to push the lead to 3-0. Justin Coulter's two-run single through the left side scored Will Bannard and Miranda to cap the scoring.
Washington got one in the top of the fourth when senior shortstop Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scored on an RBI groundout to shortstop off the bat of junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) to cut it to 5-1, but that would the lone run WC would get in the game.
Haverford scored two runs each in the last of the sixth and seventh innings to provide the final margin.
Fox and Chaplin each had two hits for Haverford with Fox scoring twice and Chaplin driving in two. Haverford had 10 hits in the win. Coulter also had a pair of RBI for the Fords. Liscovitz and Miranda both scored two times. On the mound, Bryan Henrick got the win and improves to 3-5. He went seven innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits.
Normoyle, sophomore second baseman Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) and senior catcher John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) all had two hits. Normoyle also stole a base to record his 40th steal of the season, the most ever by a WC Baseball player in a single season. The Shoremen had nine hits in the game. Sophomore pitcher Brian Lewis (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) took the loss for the Shoremen and drops to 3-2.
Today marked the final game for seniors, Normolye, Rolewicz, pitcher Steve Cameron (Laurel, MD/Reservoir), pitcher Hunter Draheim (Hollywood, MD/Leonardtown), pitcher Kevin Lynch (Audubon, NJ/Audubon), pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) and catcher/first baseman Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's).
Today also marked the final game for head coach Al Streelman '69 who is retiring after 15 seasons as head coach of the baseball program. His 219 wins places him third all-time at Washington in career baseball wins after Ed Athey '47 (330) and J. Thomas Kibler (299). Streelman was a player at Washington from 1966-69 and an assistant coach from 1979-97, before taking the head job for the 1998 season.