Thomas Socks Three-Run Home Run In Game Two
HAVERFORD, PA – Host Haverford took both games from Washington College in a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader at Kannerstein Field. The Fords took game one, 4-2, and grabbed game two after holding off a Shoremen rally, 13-10. The Fords improve to 23-7 overall and 8-5 in the conference, while the Shoremen drop to 13-20 and 4-9 respectively.
In game one, Nick Miranda led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple to centerfield and scored on an RBI groundout to shortstop by Greg Fox to put Haverford up 1-0. The Fords made it 2-0 in the last of the second with two outs when Zach Taylor singled to right to plate Matt Liscovitz.
The Shoremen got on the board in the top half of the fifth inning with two outs when junior Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) singled through the right side to score senior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) to cut the Fords' lead to 2-1. WC would tie it at 2-2 in the top of the sixth when senior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) scored on a fielding error by Haverford.
The Fords regained the lead in the last of the sixth when with one away George Hatamiya doubled down the left field line to drive in Liscovitz at 3-2. In the last of the seventh, Alex Hudak singled to center to plate Fox with two outs to give Haverford a 4-2 lead and provided the final margin.
For Haverford, which had 10 hits, Hatamiya, Liscovitz and Miranda all had two hits, while Liscovitz scored twice. On the mound, Tommy Bergjens got the victory and improves to 6-0. He went the entire way, giving up just six hits, two runs, one earned, walking two and striking out 18. He struck out the side in the second and eighth innings and struck out at least one batter in every frame but the top of the seventh.
Marinelli was 2-for-4 for Washington in game one as the squad had six hits and he added an RBI. On the hill, senior Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) was the loser and drops to 2-2. He tossed a complete, his team-leading second of the season. He gave up four runs, all earned, 10 hits, walked two and struck out six.
Both teams made one error in the opener.
In game two, the Fords scored three times in the last of the first to take a 3-0 lead. Miranda scored on a fielding error with nobody out to take a 1-0 lead. Fox scored on a fielder's choice to make it 2-0 and Justin Coulter scored on a throwing error for the inning's final run with one out.
In the last of the third, Matt Tentilucci singled through the right side to score Nick Ott with nobody out to make it 4-0 and the next batter William Bannard plated Marley Randazzo on a squeeze bunt to make it 5-0.
Washington got onto the board in the top of the fourth when with one out, Cotterell singled to left to drive in freshman Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, VA/Osbourn Park) to cut the lead to 5-1.
Haverford scored four times, all unearned runs, in the last of the fifth to take a 9-1 lead. With one out, Tentilucci singled to left to score Randazzo to make it 6-1 and Tentilucci would come around to score on a Miranda base hit with two away to push the lead to 7-1. Coulter with two away would double down the line in left to score Miranda and Fox to cap the scoring.
Washington got three back on a three-run one-out home run by sophomore Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) that scored Baquer and sophomore Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep (NJ) to cut the lead to 9-4. In the last of the sixth, Haverford scored four times to take a 13-4 lead. With one out, Tentilucci plated Liscovitz on a squeeze bunt single to make it 10-4 and the next batter Bannard got a bunt single to score Randazzo on a squeeze play to make it 11-4. Tentilucci scored on a fielder's choice on a bunt to give the Fords an eight-run lead and Bannard came home on a sacrifice fly to center by Fox to cap the four-run rally.
In the top of the seventh, the Shoremen scored twice to cut it to 13-6. With nobody out, Connole scored on a wild pitch and with one out Marinelli came home on a base hit up the middle by Matthews.
In the top of the eighth, Washington cut the lead to 13-9 with nobody out when Connole tripled to center to score freshman Brian Quadrino (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East), freshman Garrett Richardello (Coventry, CT/East Catholic) and sophomore Michael Festa (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North). Connole, who became second all-time on Washington's hit list on Tuesday at Franklin & Marshall when he got his 163rd career hit, would come home on a sacrifice fly to left to cut the lead to 13-10. In the top of the ninth, WC got the tying run to the plate with nobody out, but the rally would end there.
For Haverford, Tentilucci sparked the 13-hit attack with a 4-for-5, three RBI, two runs scored performance. Fox was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Miranda scored twice and drove in a pair. Bannard and Coulter each had two RBI in the game. On the hill, Kyle Waney went the first six innings to get the win and improves to 4-0, allowing four runs, and Clay Bloszies got the last four outs to record his first save of the season.
For Washington, Matthews was 4-for-5, his four hits a career-best, to tie Tentilucci for game-high in hits as the Shoremen had 15 hits in game two. Connole, who now has 164 all-time hits, scored twice and had three RBI, while Thomas had three RBI and two hits. Baquer had two hits and scored twice, while Richardello had a pair of hits. On the mound, freshman pitcher Dan Jarrell (Alexandria, VA/West Potomac) took the loss and drops to 3-3 and last just four innings and gave up five runs, four earned.
Washington had four errors in game two, while Haverford had just two.
The Shoremen are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. when they host Franklin & Marshall at Athey Baseball Park.