Blue Jays Edge Shoremen, 8-6

Blue Jays Edge Shoremen, 8-6

Thomas Tallies 100th Career Hit For Washington

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Johns Hopkins scored five times in the top half of the third inning to take a 7-3 lead and held off host Washington College, 8-6, on Tuesday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in a Centennial Conference baseball game.  The Blue Jays improve to 19-13 overall and 7-7 in the conference, while the Shoremen drop to 15-17 and 6-9 respectively.

The Blue Jays scored twice in the top of the first when a throw on a failed pickoff attempt to first base sailed down the right field line to allow Craig Hoelzer and Colin McCarthy to score with two outs to give the guests a 2-0 lead after a half-inning.

The Shoremen scored three times in the bottom half of the second to take a 3-2 lead, all three runs unearned.  Junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) came home on a passed ball to trim the lead to 2-1 with one out.  Junior second baseman Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) scored on an RBI groundout to shortstop off the bat of sophomore third baseman Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) to tie the game at 2-2.  With two away, senior outfielder Pat Kinsella (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) singled up the middle to score senior designated hitter Ian Remington (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) to put WC ahead 3-2.

Johns Hopkins took the lead for good with five runs in the top half of the third.  Hoelzer, who led off with a triple to right-center, scored on a triple to right-center off the bat of McCarthy to tie the game at 3-3.  McCarthy scored on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Christopher Casey to give the Blue Jays the lead for good at 4-3.  With one out, the Blue Jays took a 6-3 lead when Conor Reynolds homered to left to also score Richie Carbone.  The run scoring was capped in the inning with a single down the right field line with two away by Jonathan Hettleman to score Mike Denlinger to give the guests a four-run lead.

Washington got three runs in the last of the fifth, all unearned to trim the Hopkins lead to 7-6.  With one out, Kinsella scored on a fielding error by the Blue Jays to trim the lead to 7-4 and with two outs, Thomas roped a two-run double to right center to score both junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) and senior shortstop Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) to trim the visitors' lead to one run.  On the hit, Thomas became the second WC player this season to reach 100 career hits, joining fellow classmate Matthews who achieved the feat on April 6 at Muhlenberg.

The Shoremen had runners on second and third with one out in the last of the sixth, but failed to score. 

The Blue Jays got an insurance run in the top of the eighth with nobody out when Kyle Gillen doubled down the left field line to score Hettleman. 

For the Blue Jays, Hoelzer and McCarthy each had three hits with Hoelzer, who had two triples, scoring a pair of runs.  Gillen and Hettleman each had a pair of hits, while Reynolds drove in two as the visitors had 13 hits.  On the mound, Tyler Goldstein got the win to go to 3-2 on the year as he went the first five innings and the first batter of the sixth.  He did not allow an earned run as he allowed six hits, walking one and striking out three.  He was relieved by Zach Augustine who tossed the last four innings to record his third save.  He allowed only two hits, fanned four and did not surrender a run.

Kinsella and Marinelli had two hits each for the Shoremen as the team had eight hits.  Thomas drove in a pair for the hosts.  On the mound, sophomore pitcher Dan Jarrell (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) took the loss and falls to 3-4 as he went just 2 2/3 innings.

There were seven errors in the game, the Shoremen committing four errors, while the Blue Jays had three errors.

The two teams will complete the season series on Friday in Chestertown with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.  The game was supposed to be at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, but the game was moved to Chestertown as Hopkins' home field is currently undergoing renovations.