The Blue Jays (19-13, 11-5 CC) plated 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning, capped by Biner’s three-run home run, en route to scoring the most runs the Green Terror (15-13, 7-9 CC) has allowed since a 28-5 loss to Salisbury on Apr. 11, 1977. The win also secured the fourth and final CC playoff spot for Johns Hopkins, eliminating McDaniel in the process.
Harold Baines, Jr. (St. Michaels, Md./St. Michaels) rapped out three hits for the Green Terror, breaking the program record for hits in a season with 46. Rick Estes (1997) and Jerry Resh (1995) shared the old mark of 45.
With one out and runners at first and second, Biner cracked a doubled to clear the bases and start the big inning.
A walk, error and passed ball followed by a sacrifice fly opened the flood gates for eight unearned runs.
After a two-run single from Todd Emr, Biner blasted his second extra-base hit of the inning, clearing the fence in right-center to give the hosts an 11-0 lead.
The Blue Jays stretched the lead to 18-0 after four innings before the Green Terror put together a seven-run fifth.
With two on and two out, Jon Zimmerman (Lemoyne, Pa./Cedar Cliff) roped a single down the right-field line to plate the Green Terror’s first two runs of the game.
After Justin Reitz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) was hit by a pitch, Baines followed with his record-breaking hit – an RBI double to left-center.
Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Troy Tipton (Hanover, Pa./South Western) recorded four of his five RBIs with one swing, clearing the right-field fence for a grand slam.
Two runs in the top of the seventh pulled McDaniel within 18-9 before a single run in the bottom of the frame and a seven-run eighth keyed by a Steve Bejsiuk pinch-hit, three-run homer.
Brandon Kline (Myersville, Md./Middletown) had a pinch-hit solo shot to lead off the ninth, setting the final margin.
The Green Terror concludes the season with a doubleheader at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. The first game begins at 12:30 p.m.
Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - R H E
McDaniel (15-13, 7-9 CC) 0 0 0 0 7 0 2 0 1 - 10 9 4
Johns Hopkins (19-13, 11-5 CC) 11 1 2 4 0 0 1 7 x - 26 23 2
Brian Rosato, Joe Drzonsc (1), Mike Freeman (4), Tyler Oakes (5), Dustin Knox (8) and Justin Reitz; Marco Simmons, Dan Schiffner (6), Henry Striegl (9) and John Swarr, Zach Small (6). WP: Simmons (3-2). LP: Rosato (3-5). S: none. SO-BB: Rosato 0-4, Drzonsc 1-0, Freeman 0-2, Oakes 2-1, Knox 1-1; Simmons 5-1, Schiffner 4-1, Striegl 1-0. 2B: Harold Baines, Jr. (M), Troy Tipton (M), Brent Toms (M), Todd Emr (J), Dave Garber (J), Ryan Biner 2 (J), Jesse Sikorski (J), John Swarr (J). HR: Brandon Kline (M), Steve Bejsiuk (J), Biner (J), Swarr (J). GS: Tipton (M).