By Jensyn Hartzell
Washington College’s baseball team played a double-header against Alfred State College at Athey Park on Saturday, March 5. This was not a Centennial Conference match for the Shoremen.
In the first game, the Shoremen scored first in the bottom of the first inning as sophomore Danny Sheeler delivered a sacrifice fly to plate senior Chris Baker. Senior Joe Curtin then singled to allow fellow senior Max Ruvo to score.
M. Ruvo touched home again in the bottom of the third from a Curtin double.
The Shoremen extended their lead to 5–0 in the bottom of the fourth with a home run from Ryan Colbert and freshman Cael Magill plating after a double to the left center of the field from M. Ruvo.
The Pioneers got onto the board in the top of the fifth with two points and a third in the top of the seventh, putting themselves within a two-point reach of tying the game.
In response, the Shoremen racked up six runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game, 11–3.
Sheeler scored first, followed by senior Jackson Kingman, then Curtin. Seniors Brandon Hoffman and CJ Gillmer scored off a double from Baker and Magill finished up the game by scoring off of a sacrifice fly from M. Ruvo.
The Shoremen were victorious in the second game as well. Neither team scored until the fourth inning when Sheeler touched home again after a single from freshman Erik Risnychok.
The Pioneers evened the score in the top of the fifth, but the Shoremen scored a single run in fifth, sixth, and seventh bottom innings. M. Ruvo, Colbert, and Kingman all touched home to increase the Shoremen’s advantage to 4–1.
The top of the eighth saw the Pioneers score twice, putting them one point away from WC, but the Shoremen tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the eighth. Kingman batted a two-run single that allowed Sheeler and Magill to round home and Hoffman scored after a throwing error by the Pioneers.
The final score was 7–3, Shoremen. They now hold an overall record of 5–3.
Freshman pitcher Joe Morrissey has allowed an overall 10 hits against 23 hitters with the addition of these two games. Sheeler and Baker currently lead the Shoremen in batting averages at .448 and .441 respectively.
The Shoremen will travel to Fort Pierce, Fla. to participate in nine games over the course of spring break from March 13-18. They will take on Western Connecticut State University on Sunday, March 13 for a double-header. The first game will begin at noon.