Baquer Launches First Career Home Run and Drives In Career-Best Five Runs
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Visiting Washington College took advantage of three host McDaniel errors to score six unearned runs en route to a 13-4 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Preston Field in a Centennial Conference baseball game. The Shoremen improve to 11-7 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the Green Terror fall to 6-9 and 0-1 respectively. WC has now won four in a row overall and three straight at McDaniel.
Washington took the lead for good with a one out two-run home run in the top of the first inning by sophomore outfielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) over the left field fence. Scoring ahead of Baquer was senior shortstop Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) who reached on an error.
With one away in the top of the third, junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) launched his third home run of the season over the centerfield fence to make it 3-0.
The Shoremen took advantage of another error by the Green Terror in the top of the fourth to score two runs and grab a 5-0 lead. With two outs, Marinelli doubled to right-center to score both sophomore third baseman Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) and senior designated hitter Pat Kinsella (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) to give the guests a five-run lead.
The Green Terror would get on the board in the last of the fifth when Cameron Behr hit a two-out solo home run to left to trim the WC lead to 5-1, but the Shoremen answered right back with two in the top half of the sixth to take a 7-1 lead on a two-bagger off the bat of Baquer to right-center to drive home both Richardello and junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.).
The Shoremen scored once in the seventh, four times in the eighth and one time in the ninth to get to their 13 runs, while the Green Terror scored twice in the seventh and once in the last of the ninth to get to their four runs.
Washington, which had 17 hits in the win, got a three hit and a career-high five RBI performance from Baquer. Freshman right fielder Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) had three hits and scored two runs for the guests. Marinelli had two hits, two runs and two RBI, Richardello had two hits and chased home a pair of runners, Kinsella, Richardello and Thomas had two hits and two runs scored, while freshman catcher Michael Acampora (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) had two hits and two RBI. Matthews scored twice for the Shoremen. On the mound, sophomore pitcher Dan Jarrell (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) got the win and is now 2-2. He went six innings, gave up five hits, one run, one walk and struck out four. The Shoremen committed a pair of errors in the game, but it did not lead to any unearned runs for McDaniel.
Joe Fiore was 2-for-2 for the Green Terror, while Behr scored twice as the hosts had seven hits. Andrew Monger took the loss on the hill for McDaniel and falls to 2-2 as he went six innings. He gave up seven runs, but just two of them were earned. He gave up nine hits, walked one and struck out six.
The two teams will conclude their annual home-and-home series on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in Chestertown at Athey Baseball Park.