Dubbé Homers In Game Two; DiPaola Tosses Three Innings of Scoreless Relief In Opener
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting #29 Gettysburg swept both ends of a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader from host Washington College. The Bullets took game one, 5-0, and won game two, 15-3. The Bullets are now 23-3 overall and 9-0 in the conference and have now won 20 straight contests, while the Shoremen fall to 12-14 and 3-7 respectively.
In game one, Gettysburg took the lead for good with a double steal in the top of the first inning with two outs as Austin Davis scored from third base on the steal, while Nate Simon swiped second to put the guests ahead 1-0. The Bullets made it 2-0 in the top half of the third when with one out, Al Posch hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Davis.
Gettysburg scored three times in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach at 5-0. With one out, Mike Kielbasa homered to right field to make it 3-0. With two outs, Patrick O'Grady singled through the left side to score Cam MacDonald to give the Bullets a four-run lead. The scoring was capped when Posch singled through the left side to score O'Grady.
Davis sparked the nine-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Bullets. Kielbasa had a pair of hits, while Posch drove in a pair. On the mound, Drew Felsenthal went six innings to improve to 6-1. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out six before giving way to Luke Lawrence who got his third save of the year by going three scoreless innings. He struck out four, while giving up just two hits.
For Washington, freshman pitcher/designated hitter Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) took the loss and falls to 1-2. He went five innings, gave up only two runs, one earned, on five hits, walking two and striking out five. Junior pitcher Joe DiPaola (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) tossed three scoreless innings of relief, striking out two and did not give up a hit. Sophomore outfield Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) and junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) each had two hits as the team had seven hits. Freshman catcher Michael Acampora (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) worked out two walks and had a base hit in the opener.
In game two, the Bullets took advantage of a two out error to plate four runs after the first two batters were retired. Kielbasa singled to center to score Posch for the game's first run. The next hitter, Mike Elisio singled down the right field line and the ball was misplayed to allow Elisio to reach third base. On the play, LeNoir, who reached on the two out to prolong the inning, and Kielbasa scored to make it 3-0 and Elisio came home on a Scott Zanghellini base hit up the middle to cap the four run frame.
Gettysburg scored two runs in the top of the third, one run each in the top of the fifth and sixth, two in the seventh, three in the eighth and twice in the ninth. The Shoremen scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Bullets lead to 13-3. Dubbé led off the bottom of the eighth with a pinch-hit home run to break up the no-hitter by Rich Power. WC would add two more runs on back-to-back RBI singles by senior shortstop Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) and Baquer that drove in freshman catcher Michael Mann (Old Lyme, Conn./Lyme-Old Lyme) and junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) respectively.
For the Bullets, Elisio and Kielbasa had three hits, two runs and two RBI each, while Posch had three hits as the guests had 20 hits in the second game. O'Grady and Simon each had three RBI, two hits and two runs. Zanghellini had two runs, while LeNoir scored twice. On the hill, Power got the win to improve to
4-0 as he went 7 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs on two hits, walking four and fanning one.
Mann had a pair of walks for the Shoremen in game two and was the only WC player to reach base twice in the second game. On the hill, senior pitcher Ben Cameron (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) took the loss and drops to 1-1 as he went five innings.
The Shoremen are back in action tomorrow afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. non-conference game against in-state rival St. Mary's (Md.).