LaSota raps out three knocks
CARLISLE, Pa. – McDaniel plated five runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-all deadlock and defeat Dickinson 7-2 in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Tuesday.
Ricky LaSota (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) recorded three hits to lead the Green Terror (16-8, 4-5 CC), who reached the 16-win mark for the first time since finishing 2004 with a 17-12 record.
Andrew Sterling and Tyler Rosa paced the Red Devils (17-10, 4-5 CC) with two hits apiece.
Knotted at 2-all heading to the top of the eighth, Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha) led off the inning with a double through the right side before moving up 90 feet on a groundout.
Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) followed with a single up the middle to plate Najera with the go-ahead run.
A Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) single coupled with a throwing error put runners at second and third for Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney), who rapped his 104th career hit through the left side to score both runners for a 5-2 lead. The junior, who became the 13th player to reach the century mark in hits on Saturday, will break into the program's all-time top 10 with his next hit.
After a fielder's choice erased Christopher but put Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) on first, LaSota reached on an infield single and James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) roped a single through the left side for a 6-2 advantage.
Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) followed with a double to score LaSota for the 7-2 advantage.
A Sterling single, stolen base and Garrett Horan double staked Dickinson to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Betts led off the fourth inning with a single before taking second on a sacrifice.
After a Chris Longo (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) single put runners at the corners, Fiore knocked in Betts to even the game at 1-all.
A Rosa double, Jordan Kaufman single and Ben Sciambi sacrifice fly once again put the Red Devils on top by one in the bottom of the sixth.
With one out in the seventh, Hayward singled and stole second before scoring on a Chiorello two-out double to knot the game once again.
Chiorello went the distance on the hill with five strikeouts to improve to 5-2 on the campaign.
Hayward, Chiorello, Betts and Longo all contributed two hits apiece as part of a 15-hit attack.
McDaniel concludes the home-and-home series with Dickinson at home on Friday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.