April 13, 2012

Betts has timely second hit

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Trailing 6-3 entering the bottom of the ninth, five of McDaniel's six batters reached base to notch a 7-6 Centennial Conference (CC) baseball victory over Dickinson on Friday.

Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) led the offense with three hits but it was Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) who delivered the game-winning hit for the Green Terror (17-8, 5-5 CC), who recorded its first season sweep of the Red Devils (17-11, 4-6 CC) since 2003.

Steven Haynes paced Dickinson with three hits and two RBIs.

After Matt Bejsiuk (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) worked around a leadoff single in the top of the ninth to keep it a three-run game, Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) started the rally with a base knock through the left side of the infield.

Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) followed by tucking an 0-2 pitch just inside the foul-line in right field that rolled out of play for a ground-rule double.

After reliever Garrett Horan, who spent the first eight-plus innings on the other side of the battery, got a strikeout, some heads up base running by Ricky LaSota (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) turned a two-run knock up the middle into a double.

James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) followed with a ball right back up the middle that the shortstop got to behind the bag but no one was at first when he spun to make the throw, which went out of play to give Chiorello second. LaSota had already rounded third and was awarded home for the tying run.

After Jack Dowd (Friendship, Md./Bishop McNamara) replaced Chiorello on second base, Betts fouled off a 1-1 offering before dropping the ball just to the right side of center field, plating Dowd with the winning run and McDaniel's first walk-off win on its home field since the opening day of the 2009 season.

Hayward led off the home third with a single to center before a breaking ball bounced 10 feet in front of home plate. An errant throw allowed Hayward to take third before scoring on a LaSota RBI groundout.

Jordan Kaufman laced a one-out triple into right field that got by a diving right fielder and rolled to the wall.

With two outs, a field error prolonged the inning and allowed Kaufman to score with the tying run.

An inning later, Haynes laced a one-out single back up the middle before Horan put a ball down the third-base line that was called fair and rolled all the way down the left-field line and out of play for a ground-rule double.

A fielding error allowed Haynes to score and kept runners at the corners before a walk to Kaufman loaded the bases.

James Santoro's two-out single up the middle scored Horan and Rosa for a 4-1 lead.

Back-to-back walks to Christopher and Hayward on eighth straight pitches to lead off the bottom of the fifth coupled with a wild pitch allowed both runners to score when LaSota roped a ball under a diving first baseman for a double down the line and 4-3 game.

A leadoff walk to Ben Sciambi to lead off the eighth ended Andrew Monger's (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) day after seven strikeouts and four walks. David Pisauro (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) got the first batter he faced to pop out before allowing a single to Matt Tuneski, who took second on the throw.

After a fourth-pitch intentional walk to Andrew Sterling, Haynes singled home Sciambi and Tuneski for the 6-3 lead.

Bejsiuk picked up his first win of the season with one strikeout in the ninth inning.

LaSota added two hits and a career-high five RBIs. Chiorello, Betts and Jackow also contributed two hits apiece.

McDaniel returns to action in a doubleheader at Swarthmore on Saturday. The first game begins at 12:30 p.m.

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