Blue Jays Outslug Shoremen, 16-12

Blue Jays Outslug Shoremen, 16-12

Rolewicz 4-For-5, Two Runs And Two RBI

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting Johns Hopkins jumped out to an 11-1 lead and held on to best host Washington College in Centennial Conference baseball action, 16-12, on Tuesday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park.  The Blue Jays are now 22-11 and 15-3 in the conference, while the Shoremen are 17-17 and 8-10 respectively.  It was the regular season conference finale for both teams.

The Blue Jays took led 5-0 after the top of the first inning with the last four coming on a grand slam home run by Mike Ricci.  After the Shoremen got a run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 5-1, Johns Hopkins scored six times to take an 11-1 lead.  In the third, the Blue Jays hit four solo home runs.  Washington responded with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the third to cut the lead to 11-4.

Entering the last of the sixth, Johns Hopkins lead 12-6, but a two-out, two-run single up the middle by junior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) trimmed the guests lead to 12-8.

The Blue Jays countered in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs on a bases loaded walk to Mike Musary that scored Ricci and a sacrifice fly by Jeff Lynch that scored Aaron Borenstein to take a 14-8 lead.  In the top of the eighth, a Borenstein single to center plated Chris Wilhelm to give the guests a 15-8 lead. 

The Shoremen scored four times in the last of the eighth, to cut the lead to 15-12, taking advantage of three errors by Hopkins.  The final run was an RBI single to left field by sophomore Ryan Mulhearn (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth) that scored junior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Luarel, NJ/Lenape).  However that's as close as the Shoremen would get to catching the Blue Jays.  In the visitors half of the ninth, Sam Wernick scored courtesy of a fielding error to make it 16-12 and provide the final margin. 

The Blue Jays, who had 13 hits in the win, were led by Ricci who went 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and two home runs.  Lynch was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, four RBI and a home run.  Bornstein went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI and went deep once.  Wilhelm and Musary both scored twice.  Jesse Sikorski had two hits and two RBI.  On the hill, Garrett Gomez got the win in relief and is 1-1 on the year.  Johns Hopkins won in spite of committing eight errors.

For WC, Rolewicz had a game-high four hits, also tying his career-high, with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.  Sophomore Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) and freshman Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford) both had two hits and two runs scored.  Freshman Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) scored three times, while Normoyle had three RBI and crossed home plate twice.  The Washington offense pounded out 15 hits in the game.  Pitching wise, freshman Tom Fiala (New Hope, PA/New Hope-Solebury) took the loss and drops to 0-1.

Washington concludes the 2011 campaign with a 3:00 p.m. game at Athey Baseball Park against visiting Eastern Shore rival Salisbury.