WESTMINSTER, Md. – Washington (Md.) plated three runs in the first innings, proving to be the difference in a 7-4 Centennial Conference (CC) baseball victory over McDaniel on Friday.
Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley), making his second start at third base, led the Green Terror (13-9, 2-2 CC) with three hits and an RBI offensively to go with a pair of defensive gems.
Scott Matthew recorded three hits and five RBIs to lead the Shoremen (11-12, 2-2 CC), who forged a split in the season series with the victory.
Sean Cannole led off the game with a single to left field before Nick Marinelli drew a walk.
A one-out Matthews triple into the corner in left field scored both runners for a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Cotterell followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 advantage.
Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) led off the bottom of the second with a single through the left side.
Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) followed, placing a ball in nearly the exact same spot before a misplay allowed Betts to score.
Fiore took second on the error and third on a dropped third strike before Windisch poked a ball into right field to cut the deficit to 3-2.
A one-out double from Marinelli, Bryan Baquer single and stolen base put runners at second and third in the top of the third.
Matthews followed with a two-run single up the middle to push the lead to 5-2.
Windisch's first defensive gem after he bobbled the ball to allow Cotterell to reach but recovered, turned and caught Matthews attempting to go from first to third.
Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) beat out an infield hit but a bad throw allowed him to take second.
A walk to Brian Quadrino, Joe Willis single and Connole RBI groundout pushed the lead back to three a half-inning later.
Chad Nazelrod (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) beat out an infield single to third bases to lead off the bottom of the fourth.
Windisch followed with a single to right to put runners at the corners.
After a Jonathan McKinney (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) single scored Nazelrod, Brandon Hayward's (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) sacrifice bunt attempt rolled right along the third-base line for a hit, loading the bases with nobody out.
Kyle Aldrich, however, induced three straight ground balls – the first two of which resulted in outs at the plate – to keep it a 6-4 game.
The two teams combined for just eight base runners over the next four innings.
With one out in the ninth, Windisch charged a ball that bounced off his glove and straight up, which he barehanded out of the air and threw to first in time to get the second out.
Baquer, however, followed with a single and stole second before Matthews doubled him home to set the final margin.
Bahr and Nazelrod finished with two hits apiece.
McDaniel returns to action in a doubleheader at Muhlenberg on Saturday. The first game begins at 12:30 p.m.