Mann Launches First Career Home Run
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Johns Hopkins scored six times in the bottom of the first inning and tacked on seven more runs in the last of the second to jump to a 13-0 lead en route to a 17-6 win over host Washington College on Friday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in a Centennial Conference baseball contest. The Blue Jays improve to 21-13 overall and 8-7 in the conference, while the Shoremen drop to 15-18 and 6-10 respectively.
The Blue Jays were the home team on the scoreboard despite the game being at Washington College. The game was moved to Chestertown from Baltimore in February due to Johns Hopkins home field not available this season due to renovations.
In the last of the first, the Blue Jays scored six times to grab a quick 6-0 lead. Christopher Casey put the Blue Jays on the board when he doubled down the left field line to score both Craig Hoelzer and Conor Reynolds with nobody out. Casey would come home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Richie Carbone to make it 3-0. Raul Shah hit a double to left-center with one away to score Colin McCarthy to make it 4-0 and Shah came home on a two-bagger by Mike Denlinger to give the Blue Jays a 5-0 lead. Denlinger scored the last run of the frame when he scored on a fielder's choice to cap the six-run outburst.
Johns Hopkins scored seven times in the bottom of the second to push its lead to 13-0 and sent 11 men to the dish in the inning.
Washington got its run in the top of the fourth when with two outs, freshman designated hitter Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) tripled to right-center to plate junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley).
The Blue Jays got three runs in the last of the seventh to push the lead to 16-1 before the Shoremen got two in the top half of the eighth on a two-run home run by freshman catcher Michael Mann (Old Lyme, Conn./Lyme-Old Lyme), his first WC long ball to trim the lead to 16-3. The Blue Jays got one run in the last of the eighth before the Shoremen got three in the top of the ninth to provide the final margin.
Hoelzer went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI to spark the Blue Jays attack. Shah went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored and Denlinger went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Kyle Gillen and JR Charles had three RBI each, while Casey drove in a pair and Reynolds scored twice. On the mound, Trevor Williams went seven innings, scattering seven hits, allowing one run and striking out eight to improve to 4-1 on the year.
Mann had two RBI, while Thomas had two RBI for Washington. On the hill, freshman pitcher Billy Griffin (Middletown, Md./Middletown) took the loss to fall to 2-2.
The Blue Jays outhit the Shoremen by a 16-9 margin in the contest.
The Shoremen conclude their conference slate tomorrow afternoon with a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader against visiting Dickinson.