GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Jon Zimmerman (Lemoyne, Pa./Cedar Cliff) rapped out three hits with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored to lead McDaniel to a 12-3 victory at Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Thursday.
Opening a stretch of six conference games in four days, the Green Terror (13-8, 6-4 CC) took advantage of five errors by the Bullets (12-15, 6-5 CC) in the first three innings to build a 5-0 lead but also notched 12 hits to reach double figures in the runs column for just the second time in nine games after three straight 10-run games.
Craig Barrows went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Gettysburg, which fell at home to McDaniel for the first time since a 10-4 Green Terror win in 2000.
After both teams went 1-2-3 in the first inning, Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) dropped a single into center field and advanced to second on a fielding error.
After a failed pickoff attempt allowed Coover to move to third, Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton) knocked him home for the game’s first run,
Zimmerman roped a one-out double down the left-field line in the third inning before moving to third on a groundout.
Three errors coupled with a Coover single, Troy Tipton (Hanover, Pa./South Western) RBI double and Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) RBI single accounted for a four-run frame to stretch the lead to 5-0.
A Worm single and Pace first-pitch home run in the top of the fifth pushed the lead to 7-0 before a Mike Backus double and Barrows single in the bottom of the sixth broke up the shutout.
A Zimmerman walk, wild pitch and Harold Baines, Jr. (St. Michaels, Md./St. Michaels) infield single stretched the lead to 8-1 in the top of the eighth.
Gettysburg responded with a single run in the bottom of the eighth before three walks in the top of the ninth loaded the bases with two outs.
Zimmerman poked a single through the right side to plate two runs before a Baines double capped the four-run frame.
A Kevin Langhauser triple and Sam Stabert sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning set the final margin.
Baines, Coover, Worm and Pace all recorded two hits for the Green Terror. Pace added three RBIs while Baines had two.
Brian Rosato (Narvon, Pa./Pequea Valley) pitched seven innings, striking out five to even his record at 3-3.
The Green Terror completes the home-and-home series at home against Gettysburg on Friday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - R H E
McDaniel (13-8, 6-4 CC) 0 1 4 0 2 0 0 1 4 - 12 12 2
Gettysburg (13-15, 6-5 CC) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 - 3 8 5
Brian Rosato, Ryan Graves (8), Danny Snight (9) and Justin Reitz; Matt Karis, Mike Odierna (8), Will Kleva (9), John Antrim-Cashin (9) and Craig Barrows. WP: Rosato (3-3). LP: Karis (4-2). S: none. SO-BB: Rosato 5-1, Graves 0-0, Snight 0-0; Karis 3-1, Odierna 2-1, Kleva 1-3, Antrim-Cashin 1-1. 2B: Jon Zimmerman (M), Harold Baines, Jr. (M), Troy Tipton (M), Andrew Worm (M), Mike Backus 2 (G). 3B: Kevin Langhauser (G). HR: Matthew Pace (M).