WC Wins Conference Opener For The Third Straight Season
WESTMINSTER, MD – Visiting Washington College trailed 5-4 entering the top of the eighth inning, but scored three times in its last two at-bats to rally for a 7-6 win over host McDaniel on Tuesday afternoon at Preston Field. The Shoremen improve to 16-2 overall, the first-time ever the team has won 16 of its first 18 games in a season, and 1-0 in conference play, while the Green Terror fall to 11-4 and 0-1 respectively.
Washington has now won three straight Centennial openers. In 2010, WC topped Franklin & Marshall, 9-4, and last year downed McDaniel 6-4.
Washington was down 5-4 entering the top of the eighth when the guests scored twice to take a 6-5 lead. Sophomore Pat Kinsella (Guilford, CT/Guilford) scored on an RBI groundout to second base off the bat of freshman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) to tie the game at 5-5. Freshman Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep (NJ) scored on a bunt off the bat junior CY Daniel Wu (Kowloon, Hong Kong/International Secondary School) to put the Shoremen up 6-5.
McDaniel tied the game 6-6 in the last of the eighth when Joe Fiore hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that drove in Jimmy Najera from third.
In the top of the ninth, the Shoremen took the lead when senior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scored on an RBI groundout to shortstop off the bat of Kinsella. In the bottom of the ninth, Washington junior pitcher Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) retired McDaniel in ordered to end the game.
The Shoremen scored three times in the top of the first to grab a quick 3-0 lead. Senior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) drove in two on a single to shortstop that scored both sophomore Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) and Normoyle to put WC up 2-0. Matthews smacked a double to left-center to score junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) to cap the scoring in the top of the frame.
McDaniel got one run in the last of the first when Tyler Jackow drove in Pat Christopher on a sac fly.
The Green Terror scored three times in the last of the third to take a 4-3 lead. Christopher tripled to right-center and drove in Brandon Hayward to cut the WC lead to 3-2. Christopher scored on a triple to right off the bat of Ricky LaSorta to tie the game at 3-3. LaSorta put McDaniel ahead at 4-3 on a single up the middle by James Chiorello.
Both sides scored once in the sixth inning. Washington tied it in the top of the sixth at 4-4 on an error by McDaniel that allowed Matthews to score. McDaniel retook the lead at 5-4 in the last of the sixth when Hayward plated Marshall Betts on a single to center. The 5-4 lead would hold up until the top of the eighth.
Rolewicz was 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Shoremen, while Matthews was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Thomas added two hits for the guests as Washington had 15 hits in the win. On the mound, Aldrich got the win in relief and improves to 3-1. He tossed the final two innings, allowing no runs on one hit. He walked one and struck out one in relief of senior pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial), who went seven-plus innings for WC. Mattingly left after Najera's double to center to lead off the eighth and he would score.
Christopher was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI as he had game-high in hits for McDaniel. Betts, Hayward and Najera each had two hits for the Green Terror as the hosts had 13 total hits. On the mound, Andrew Monger got the loss and falls to 3-1. He pitched the ninth, allowing one run on two hits and striking out one.
The two teams square off again on Friday afternoon in Chestertown at Athey Baseball Park with first pitch at 3:30 p.m. to complete the home-and-home series.