Normoyle Records 200th Career Hit For WC In Game Two
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Washington College senior shortstop Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) became the fifth player in Centennial Conference history to record 200 hits as Washington College and visiting Dickinson split a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. The Shoremen won game one by a 6-5 score, while the Red Devils rallied for a 19-9 victory in game two. Washington is now 24-9 overall and 9-7 in Centennial play, while Dickinson is now 22-12 and 9-7 respectively.
Normoyle recorded his milestone hit in the bottom of the eighth inning in game two of the twinbill on an RBI single through the right side that scored junior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic). Normoyle, Washington's all-time leader in hits, is the first player from a school other than Johns Hopkins to reach the 200-hit milestone. He had five hits in the two games.
In game one, the Shoremen led 2-0 entering the top of the seventh inning when the Red Devils scored five times to take a 5-2 lead. Tyler Rosa' socked his fourth home of the season to right field to cut the WC lead to 2-1 leading off the frame. Dickinson tied it 2-2 when Mike Adams doubled to left field with one out to score Jordan Kaufman. The Red Devils took the lead with one away when Joe Tursi hit a ground-rule double to right that chased home Conor Foote to give Dickinson a 3-2 edge. Matt Tuneski scored on an RBI groundout to shortstop by Andrew Sterling to push the guests' lead to 4-2 and the scoring was capped on a Steven Haynes tripled to right-center with two outs to score Tursi.
Washington scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to recapture the lead at 6-5 as all four runs were scored with one out. The Shoremen loaded the bases and a single to centerfield by sophomore Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) plated Normoyle to trim the lead to 5-3. Senior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) touched the plate on a wild pitch and Dickinson's lead was reduced to 5-4. Sophomore Jon Mahaffey (Sykesville, MD/Century) delivered the game-winning a hit with a two-run single to left-center that scored junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) and Marinelli for the tying and go ahead run respectively.
Dickinson had runners at first and third with one out in the top of the ninth. Haynes hit a grounder to short that Normoyle booted, but the ball went right to Mahaffey who touched second base for the first out to get Sterling and then fired the ball to Cotterell at first to retire Haynes for the game-ending double play and give WC the win.
The Shoremen took a 2-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the third and fifth innings. Normoyle delivered sophomore Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford) to the dish on a sacrifice fly to left field in the third and Mahaffey scored on a throwing error by Dickinson in the last of the fifth.
For Washington, Connole was a perfect 2-for-2 and Mahaffey drove in a pair of runs. The team had seven hits in game one. On the mound, sophomore pitcher AJ Schmalfuhs (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) got the win and improves to 1-1. He went two innings and did not allow a run while striking out two in relief of senior pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) as he struck out eight hitters in seven innings, while surrendering nine hits.
For Dickinson, Rosa', Sterling and Tursi each had two hits as the Red Devils recorded 11 hits in the first game. On the mound, Ryan Kramer took the loss and falls to 2-3. He allowed six runs in 7 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out three while giving up six hits.
In game two, Dickinson scored four times to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Sterling scored on a fielder's choice for the first run of the second game and then with one out, Kaufman slammed a three-run home run to left field to put the guests up by four runs. Scoring ahead of Kaufman was Haynes and Rosa'.
The Shoremen scored twice in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 4-2 as Rolewicz and Cotterell scored on RBI groundouts by senior Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) and Mahaffey respectively.
The Red Devils took a 6-2 lead in the top of the third when Rosa' homered to center with one out and scoring in front of him was Garrett Horan. The Shoremen got one back in the bottom of the third when Normoyle singled to right-center to knock in Connole and trim the lead to 6-3.
Dickinson scored five times in the top of the fifth to take an 11-3 lead. Kaufman scored on a fielding error to take a 7-3 lead and Ben Sciambi scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Terni to extend the lead to five runs at 8-3. Mike Adams and Matt Tuneski scored ahead of Haynes three-run homer to left-center to cap the scoring in the top half of the fifth.
The Shoremen got two back in the last half of the fifth when Normoyle scored on a single up the middle by Cotterell and Rolewicz scored on a groundout off the bat of Wilcox to reduce Dickinson's cushion to 11-5.
Dickinson scored twice in the top of the sixth, four times in the top of the seventh and recorded a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, while Washington scored once in the last of the sixth, twice in the bottom of the seventh and once in the last of the eighth to provide the final margin.
For the Red Devils, who record 14 hits and hit six home runs in game two, Horan went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, a home run and two RBI. Rosa' went 2-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored. Adams, Haynes and Sterling each went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored with Adams and Haynes each driving in three runs and both socked home runs. Kaufman scored four times and hit a three-run home run, Sciambi scored twice and Tuneski drove in two runs. On the mound, Sean White got the win and improves to 6-1 as he went seven innings and gave up eight runs, but only four were earned.
For the Shoremen, Normoyle went a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI and Cotterell went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Connole went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, while Wilcox drove in two runs. Washington had 17 hits in game two. On the hill, junior Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) took the loss and drops to 3-2 as he last only three innings.
Washington steps out of conference on Tuesday night when they travel to Delmarva rival Wesley for a 7:00 p.m. game in Dover, DE.