Men’s Baseball Dominates Florida

The Shoremen finish 11-4 as their season comes to a close

By Chrissy Segrest

Elm Staff Writer

As most spring sports go south for spring break, the Shoremen of the baseball team were no exception. The boys headed south of Orlando to Fort Pierce Florida from March 8 to March 14. Going to Florida, the boys had already started the season 2-3, beating Utica College and Lancaster Bible College.

Starting off the trip, the boys split with Marymount College, winning 2-1 in the first game and losing 4-3 in the second. In the first contest, junior Mike Smith threw over five innings, allowing only four hits, four walks, and one run. He also sat five batters down on strikes.

At the plate, sophomore Max Ruvo hit .500 on the day going 2-4 and scoring twice. Junior Jackson Kingman and senior Ryan Zwier had RBI’s on the day. 

In the second game, even with exceptional hitting from four shoremen, WC couldn’t plate enough runs for the win. Junior Nick Brauer went for the long haul, throwing five innings in the loss. He allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and fanned five. Junior CJ Gillmer went 3-4 on the contest, adding an RBI and a run to his stat line. Zwier added to his hits collection from the first game, going 2-3 with an RBI, a run, and an intentional walk. Sophomores Chris Baker and Joe Curtin both went .500 on the day with a run for Baker and an RBI for Curtin. The loss would end up being the only loss the team suffered in Florida.

The next day, the boys swept Monmouth University from Illinois, beating them 11-4 in game one and 11-0 in game two. Sophomore Jonah Frankel went the length allowing only two hits and two walks from the mound. He hasn’t allowed a run in over 18 innings of work.

In game two, junior Ethan Osgood booked his first complete game shutout, only gathering two hits and six strikeouts.

Under the lights on Tuesday, the Shoremen took Delaware Valley in a 7-0 victory.

Freshman John Grill threw five innings, putting four batters in the books and only five hits. Additionally, freshman Ben Pika, junior Ryan Mostoller, and sophomore Ethan Kile all had scoreless innings.

At the plate, sophomore Ben Ruvo went 4-4 and Gillmer was 2-4.

After a day off the boys came out scoring to a 9-8 “dub” against Dominican College from Illinois. Baker, Zwier, Curtin, and Kingman all had doubles, while senior team captain Dylan Nepert had his third career triple.

On Friday, WC was back to normal double headers, and would sweep Marywood on the day, with 10-7 and 8-0 victories in games one and two, respectively.

Hammond, Ben Ruvo, and senior Chris Kramedas all had doubles and Baker added a triple.

On the last day of the week long slew of games the Shoremen took on Franciscan College and emerged victorious 12-4. The bats came alive, with nine doubles and 16 hits on the contest.

Max Ruvo was among the conference leaders with a .490 batting average and 22 RBI’s, good enough to lead the conference.

WC finished 8-1 in Florida, improving to 11-4 on the season. As a team they hit .341 and had seven homeruns and 33 doubles. They had 29 stolen bases, and were only caught one time.

These games would be the last of the Shoremen’s season as it was cancelled out of safety concerns for the rapid spread of COVID-19.

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