Connole Scores Walk-Off Winning Run In Game Two For WC
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Host Washington College and visiting Muhlenberg split a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. The Shoremen topped Muhlenberg 3-2 in game two after falling 10-4 to the Mules in game one. The Shoremen are now 10-10 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the Mules are 12-8 and 1-1 respectively. It was the conference opener for both squads.
In game two, the two teams were tied 2-2 entering the ninth inning. In the top of the ninth, the Mules had runners on second base and third base with one out, but failed to score as freshman pitcher Hawkins DuBois (Los Angeles, CA/University HS) got a pair of pop ups in the infield to escape the inning unscathed. In the last of the ninth, Washington loaded the bases with two outs after senior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) was hit by a pitch and that put sophomore Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep (NJ) up at the plate. Matthews was plunked by a pitch by Muhlenberg's Austin Cush and that forced home senior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) for the walk-off run and gave the hosts a 3-2 win.
Washington took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when sophomore Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) scored on an error with one out. The Mules responded with unearned runs two in the top half of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. With one out, Kurt Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Nick Kennedy to knot the game at 1-1. The next hitter with two away, Danny Usewick singled home John Scuderi to give the Mules a one-run lead.
Washington tied in the last of the eighth when with one out Cotterell doubled and then stole third. He came home on a sacrifice fly by Matthews to knot the score at 2-2. It would remaining that way until the last of the ninth.
For Washington, Thomas had two of the team's seven hits and Matthews drove in a pair. Both were game-bests. On the mound, DuBois got the win and improves to 3-0. He pitched the ninth inning. The Shoremen hurlers did not allow an earned run and gave up just five hits in the second game. They walked three and struck out four.
For Muhlenberg, Billy Rogers takes the loss and drops to 1-2. He gave up the walk to Connole in the last of the ninth and it was the only hitter he faced.
In game one, the Mules scored twice in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Joseph Vila doubled home Tyler Latrenta for the game's first run with one out and he scored on an RBI groundout by Brett Rosen for the second run. The Shoremen got one back in the last of the first when Connole scored on a throwing error by Muhlenberg to cut it to 2-1 with two outs.
The hosts scored twice with two away in the last of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. Freshman Brian Quadrino (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East) scored Matthews on a RBI single to even the game at 2-2 and Cotterell scored on an error to make it 3-2.
Muhlenberg tied it 3-3 in the top of the fifth when John Muha scored on a fielder's choice with one out, but Washington retook the lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Thomas hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in junior Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) with one out.
The Mules scored twice in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good at 5-4. Danny Usewick drove home Scuderi on a single to tie the game at 4-4 with one away and Johnson scored on a fielder's choice to put the guests up for good by one run.
Muhlenberg added a run in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4 and tacked on four runs in the top of the ninth to provide the final margin at 10-4.
In the opener, the Mules had 15 hits with Nick Kennedy, Nick Plinio, Johnson Latrenta, Muha, Usewick and Vila all tallying two hits. Muha drove in three, while Vila had two RBI and two runs scored. Johnson and Scuderi each scored twice. On the mound, Rob Shannon got the win to improve to 2-1 as he went 6 2/3 innings. He gave up all four runs, three earned on five hits, walking five and striking out four. He was relieved by Phillip Balseca who pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to get his first save of the year. He allowed three hits and fanned one.
For Washington, Cotterell and Marinelli had a pair of hits as the team had eight. On the hill, senior Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) took the loss and falls to 2-2.
The Shoremen are back in action at 3:30 p.m. on Monday when they travel to St. Mary's (MD) for a non-conference game in a rematch of a 9-4 Washington win on March 20 in Chestertown.