Highlanders Use Hot Bats To Defeat Shoremen, 9-5

Highlanders Use Hot Bats To Defeat Shoremen, 9-5

Gillmer Reaches Safely In All Four Plate Appearances As Donnelly Drives Home Two

ASTON, Pa. — Andrew Phillips collected four RBI's and three different players had three hits each as host Cairn downed visiting Washington College 9-5 in a non-conference baseball game played today at the Maplezone Sports Institute in Aston, Pennsylvania. The loss snaps the Shoremen's six game win streak.

Cairn 9, Washington College 5

How It Happened
- The Shoremen grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Ryan Zwier drew a two out walk and scored when the next batter, Evan Hirschbaum, singled him home for the game's first run. Matt Tancredi then followed with a single of his own, bringing in Hirschbaum to push the lead to 2-0.
- The Highlanders got a run back in the bottom of the second inning when Daniel Bierc singled with two outs, bringing home Brett Marks to cut the lead to 2-1.
- Phillips gave Cairn a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when he singled to center field, driving home Marks and Daniel Morales. 
- Washington tied the game in the top of the fifth when Ryan Donnelly hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Max Hammond. The next batter, Aaron Barclay, delivered a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher, which brought home Chris Kramedas to give the Shoremen a 4-3 lead.
- Cairn took advantage of an error to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Jacob Allen delivered a two out single to right field, bringing home Morales. The Highlanders had runners on second and third with two away, but Shoremen reliever Nick Popolizio got Nathan Wilson to strike out looking to end the threat.
- With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Phillips gave Cairn the lead with a two run single to right field, bringing home Marks and Alejandro Fernandez to put the Highlanders in front 6-4. 
- Cairn pushed the lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the eighth when Fernandez singled home Wilson. Marks would then single up the middle, driving home Fernandez and Emilio Alvarez to push the lead out to 9-4.
- Washington cut the lead to 9-5 in the top of the ninth when Donnelly hit a two out single, driving home CJ Gillmer to cap the scoring.  

For the Shoremen (15-4)
- Hitting: Gillmer (3-for-3, walk, run), Donnelly (2-for-4, double, two RBI's), Zwier (hit, two walks, run), Barclay (RBI, two walks), Hirschbaum (hit, RBI, run).
- Pitching: Brian Kasey (four innings, eight hits, three runs, zero walks, four strikeouts), Mike Smith (1.2 innings, one hit, one unearned run, one walk, three strikeouts), Dom Giandonato (two batters faced, two hits allowed, zero runs), Popolizio (loss, 1-2, one inning, three hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts), Alex Bendzlowicz (2/3 inning, four hits, three runs, zero walks, zero strikeouts), Ethan Osgood (2/3 inning, zero hits, zero runs, zero walks, one strikeout).
- The Shoremen collected nine hits in the loss, drew seven walks, and left seven runners on base.
- Washington committed one error, leading to one unearned run for the Highlanders.

For Cairn (8-6)
- Hitting: Phillips (2-for-4, four RBI's), Marks (3-for-5, two RBI's, three runs, stolen base), Fernandez (3-for-5, RBI, two runs, stolen base), Wilson (3-for-5, run), Morales (2-for-4, walk, two runs), Allen (2-for-5, RBI), Alvarez (walk, run, two stolen bases).
- Pitching: Sam Dralle (four innings, five hits, four runs, five walks, one strikeout), Isaac Morrison (two innings, zero hits, zero runs, one walk, one strikeout), Nat Ross (win, 1-0, 2.2 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, zero strikeouts), Wilson (one batter faced, one strikeout).
- The Highlanders collected 18 hits in the win, drew two walks, and left 10 runners on base.
- Cairn committed one error, but it led to zero unearned Shoremen runs.

Notes
- Cairn earns a split of the season non-conference series with the Shoremen after Washington posted a 13-6 win on March 15th in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Up Next for the Shoremen
3/27 @ Wesley - 3:30 p.m.
- The teams split a pair of games last year, with the Shoremen losing at Wesley 10-9 before defeating the Wolverines at home 6-4 two days later.