Shoremen and Red Devils Split Pair of 9-8 Contests

Shoremen and Red Devils Split Pair of 9-8 Contests

Baquer Tallies 100th Career Hit In Game One

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Dickinson and host Washington College split a pair of 9-8 games this afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader with the Red Devils winning the first game and the Shoremen grabbing the nightcap.  Dickinson is now 21-12-1 overall and 7-9-1 in the conference, while Washington is now 16-19 and 7-11 respectively.  It was the conference finale for the Shoremen.

In game two, Dickinson got on the board first in the top of the first inning when Mike Adams doubled with one away to score Ryan Dolan to give the Red Devils a 1-0 lead.  The Shoremen took the lead with a two-run bottom half of the second inning after first two hitters were retired.  Junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) doubled home both sophomore third baseman Addison Hanscom (Nashua, N.H./Nashua) and senior outfielder Pat Kinsella (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

In the last of the fourth, Matthews tripled home Kinsella to make it 3-1 with one out and would score himself on a passed ball to make it 4-1.

The Shoremen put a four-spot on the scoreboard in the last of the seventh to take an 8-1 lead when with one out, freshman catcher Michael Acampora (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) launched a grand slam home run to score Matthews, senior shortstop Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) and junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley).

Dickinson would score six times in the top of the eighth inning to trim Washington's lead to 8-7.  Mike DeVivo scored on a bases loaded walk with nobody out to Mark Adams to start the six-run frame.  Mike Adams singled home Mitch Hellmandollar to cut the lead to 8-3 with nobody out.  With one out, Hank Sanders doubled home both Dolan and Mark Adams to trim the lead to 8-5.  The next batter, Brian McCloud singled in Mike Adams to trim the lead to two runs.  The run scoring was capped on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Steven Haynes to score Sanders and WC's lead was cut to one run.

The Red Devils tied it up with two outs in the top of the ninth when Joseph Tursi doubled in Will Glancy to even the contest at 8-8 and erase a seven-run deficit.

In the last of the ninth, sophomore outfielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) doubled to lead off the frame and took third on a wild pitch.  After a pair of intentional walks, junior second baseman Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) singled to second base and by the Glancy fielded the ball he had no play on Baquer at the plate and Baquer scored the walk-off run to give the hosts a split.

Matthews spearheaded the 10-hit attack for Washington with a 4-for-5, three RBI and two run scored performance.  Acampora drove in a game-high four runs, while Alexa had two hits and Kinsella scored twice.  The Shoremen also worked out eight walks in addition to their 10 hits.  On the mound, sophomore pitcher Dan Jarrell (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) got the win to improve to 4-4 as he went the ninth inning. 

Dickinson got two hits each from Mike Adams, DeVivo Dolan, Helmandollar and McCloud as the visitors had 12 hits in game two.  Dolan scored twice, while Mike Adams and Sanders drove in a pair.  On the hill, Garrett Kurtz took the loss and falls to 1-3.

In the opener, both teams scored twice in the first inning.  Mike Adams hit a two-run homer with two outs to score Dolan in the top half of the first to give Dickinson a 2-0 lead.  In the last of the first, Matthews led off with a home run and with two away, Acampora doubled home senior first baseman Lucas DiFabbio (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) to even the game at 2-2.  In the bottom half of the third, Thomas singled to center to score Baquer to make it 3-2 WC.

Dickinson scored four times to take the lead for good at 6-3.  Rich Hopkins singled to right with one out to score McCloud to tie the game at 3-3.  With two outs, Sanders doubled home both Hopkins and Dolan to make it 5-3 Red Devils.  The four-run outburst was capped when Sanders scored on an error to give the visitors a three-run cushion.  Hopkins made it 7-3 in the top of the fifth when his one-out base hit scored DeVivo.

In the last of the fifth, Baquer became the third WC player this year to reach 100 career hits on a base hit to third base with two away.  He joins Matthews (April 6 at Muhlenberg) and Thomas (April 22 versus Johns Hopkins) as the three Shoremen to tally their 100th career hit this year. 

Washington scored twice in the last of the seventh to trim the Dickinson lead to 7-5.  With one away, Marinelli scored on a ground out to third base by Thomas to cut the lead to 7-4 and Baquer came home with two away on an Acampora base hit.

In the top of the ninth, Hopkins hit a two-run homer with one out to score Haynes and give the Red Devils a 9-5 lead.  In the bottom of the ninth, the Shoremen scored three times.  Marinelli and Baquer scored on an error to reduce the lead to 9-7 and Hanscom singled to right with two outs to score junior Michael Long (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) to trim the lead to 9-8.  Hanscom got to second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Cristian Acosta struck out freshman catcher Michael Mann (Old Lyme, Conn./Lyme-Old Lyme) swinging to end the game.

Dickinson, which had 14 hits in the win, got a 3-for-4, four RBI and two runs scored performance by Hopkins.  Mike Adams, Dolan, Haynes and Tursi each had two hits, while Mike Adams and Sanders both had two RBI.  On the mound, Harley Moore got the win to improve to 6-0 as he went six innings, giving up three runs.  Acosta pitched the last two innings to notch his first save of the year.  Dickinson pitchers had 11 strikeouts in the win.

Acampora went 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Baquer went 4-for-5 with three runs scored for the Shoremen in the opener.  Marinelli went 3-for-5 with two runs scored as WC had 16 hits in the first contest.  Thomas plated two runners for WC.  On the mound, freshman pitcher Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) took the loss and drops to 2-3.  He went four innings.

The Shormen travel to Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game at Gallaudet.