Pitching Allows Just One Run In Sweep
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Host Washington College swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader from visiting Maine-Presque Isle on Sunday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. The Shoremen won game one, 18-0, and held off the Owls, 2-1, in game two. WC is now 15-2 on the season, while Maine-Presque Isle drops to 1-12.
The Shoremen have scored 10 or more runs in nine games this season. The 15-2 start is the team's best start since going 14-1 in 1937.
In game one, the Shoremen took the lead for good just three batters in at 2-0 as senior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) smacked a two-run single up the middle that scored junior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) and sophomore Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge). Normoyle scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 and senior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) came home on a base hit through the left side by freshman Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep (NJ) to put WC up 4-0. Junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) touched the plate via a throwing error by the Owls to give the hosts a five-run lead. Matthews scored on a single to center by freshman Kyle Mikula (Stafford, VA/Colonial Forge) to make it 6-0 and Mikula was plated on a sacrifice fly by Connole to cap the seven-run outburst in the bottom of the first.
Washington added three runs in the bottom of the third and eight runs in the last of the fourth to provide the final margin of game one.
Five Shoremen had two or more hits in game one as the squad netted 17 hits. Marinelli and Mikula each had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI in the win. Connole, Normoyle and freshman Matt Christopher (Kennett Square, PA/Unionville) all had two hits. Normoyle had three RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases, Connole had two runs and two RBI and Christopher drove in a pair. 14 different WC players scored in the win and the team had seven steals in the game. On the mound, sophomore Brian Lewis (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) went six shutout innings and got the win to improve to 2-0. He allowed just two hits and struck out a career-best seven in the win. Freshman David Kendrick (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) pitched the final frame to complete the whitewashing.
For the Owls, Jordan Perry took the loss and falls to 0-2. Maine-Presque Isle had just four hits in the opener.
In game two, the Shoremen scored in the bottom of the first when sophomore Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford) stole third base and scored on a throwing error by Maine-Presque Isle to put WC up 1-0. The score remained 1-0 until the last of the sixth when Cotterell laced a single to right field to drive in Rolewicz and give Washington a 2-0 lead with one away.
The Owls got on the board with two outs in the top of the seventh when Jake Fillebrown singled up the middle to score Carlos Villoria to cut the lead to 2-1. On the play, Normoyle was able to keep it in the infield and prevented Shane Smith scoring from second base to tie the game as he could only make it to third base. The next batter, Justin Bergeron grounded out to Normoyle to end the game and the tying run was stranded at third.
Junior pitcher Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) got the win and improves to 3-0 on the season. He tossed a complete game as he allowed just five hits and walked one, while striking out six. Five of his six strikeouts were looking punchouts. Rolewicz was the only player on either side in game two to have a multi-hit game as he had two hits.
Fillebrown was the tough luck loser for the Owls in the second game as he went the distance too. He allowed six hits, walked three and struck out two.
The Shoremen open up Centennial Conference play on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to McDaniel for a 3:30 p.m. game.