Thomas Two Hits and Two Runs; Cotterell Two Hits and Two RBI
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting #5 Salisbury outlasted host Washington College, 12-7, on Wednesday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in non-conference baseball action. The Sea Gulls improve to 28-6 on the year, while the Shoremen drop to 14-22.
Salisbury scored five times in the top of the second inning to take a 5-0 lead. Dan Breen scored the game's first run on a double to centerfield off the bat of Bobby Sanzone with one out to make it 1-0. Two batters later, Bill Root hit a grand slam over the left field fence to score Austin Barefoot, Sanzone and Ken O'Neill and gave the Sea Gulls a five-run lead.
The Shoremen scored four times in the last of the third to cut the lead to 5-4, all runs coming with two outs. Senior Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) scored on a single up the middle by freshman Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, VA/Osbourn Park) to cut the lead to 5-1. The next batter, sophomore Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) doubled down the left field line to score junior Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) and Baquer to trim the deficit to two runs. The next batter, senior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) singled through the right side to plate Thomas to cut the lead to one run.
The Sea Gulls responded with three runs in the top of the fourth. After the first two were retired, O'Neill and Root drew walks and scored on Nick Gentry's three-run homer to left-center. Salisbury would tack on another run in the top of the fifth when Sanzone scored on a throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt to make it 9-4 with two away.
The Shoremen scored in the last of the sixth with two away when sophomore Kyle Mikula (Stafford, VA/Colonial Forge) came home on a single to left-center by senior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) to cut the Salisbury lead to 9-5. Washington scored twice in the last of the seventh to trim Salisbury's lead to just two at 9-7. With nobody out, Thomas scored on a base hit to right-center by junior Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford) to cut the lead to 9-6 and Mikula lined a sacrifice fly to right to plate Cotterell to trim the deficit to two runs.
The Sea Gulls answered with two runs in the top of the eighth to make it 11-7. With one out, Johnny Schiotis singled down the left field line to plate Gentry to push the lead to 10-7 and with two outs, Quinn Griffith scored on a two-out base hit to right by Austin Barefoot to put the guests ahead by four runs. The Sea Gulls added a run in the top of the ninth with two away when Gentry scored on a wild pitch to cap the scoring at 12-7.
For the Sea Gulls, Griffith had four hits to lead all players and Root drove in four runs for game-high, and scored twice. Gentry had three hits, three runs scored and three RBI. O'Neill and Sanzone scored twice. On the hill, Dan Fein got the win and is now 9-0 on the year as he went the first six innings. Kyle Hamby tossed the last three innings to notch his second save of the year as he allowed no runs.
For Washington, Baquer, Cotterell, Marinelli, Remington and Thomas all had two hits with Cotterell driving in two runs and Thomas scoring twice. On the hill, junior Brian Lewis (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) took the loss and drops to 0-1 as he went the first 3 2/3 innings.
The Shoremen host #3 Johns Hopkins on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the home finale at Athey Baseball Park.