Josh Morris' Two-Run Double Propels Mustangs Past Lebanon Valley, 10-7

STEVENSON, Md. - Stevenson baseball senior Josh Morris (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) hit a game-winning two-run double down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Mustangs battled back-and-forth with Lebanon Valley before prevailing 10-7 Thursday at Park Field.

Stevenson (14-7, 3-4 MAC) posted runs in its half of every inning the Dutchmen scored in and improved its record to 11-3 at home.

Lebanon Valley struck first in the top of the second when Dylan Tamecki scored ahead of Corey Cinicola who reached on an error.

The Mustangs answered with four runs in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a two-run double by junior Tom Goulian (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) that scored senior Chris DeFeo (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and freshman Davis Grove (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill).

The Dutchmen (5-12, 2-3 MAC) regained the lead with another two runs in the sixth when Cinicola drove in Tim Filer and Tamecki scored on a fielder's choice by Andrew DeCew, tying the game at 4-4.

Lebanon Valley's four through seven hitters combined to go 8-for-16 with five RBIs and five runs scored.

Once again, Stevenson matched the Dutchmen with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth, extending its lead to two as Goulian drove in senior Heath Johnson (New Castle, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) before later scoring on a two-out, fielder's choice miscue by Andrew Germann.

Cinicola once again started the offense for the Dutchmen in the bottom of the eighth when he doubled to right center and plating Filer to pull Lebanon Valley within one. In the next at-bat, DeCew hit a screaming liner down the left field line that scored Cinicola and Jordan Higgins to give the visitors a 7-6 lead.

Johnson led off the eighth with an infield single and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by DeFeo. Senior Brad Blum (Olney, Md./Magruder) singled to left, placing what proved to be the game-winning run into scoring position.

After Goulian lined out to second base for the second out, Morris doubled down the leftf ield line to plate Johnson and Blum, giving the Mustangs the lead for good at 8-7.

Junior Scott Merkel (Hampstead, Md./Calvert Hall) hit a two-run single through the left side to score Morris and sophomore Troy Miller (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) to provide some insurance.

Senior Tim Pyle (Silver Spring, Md./Covenant Life) earned his first win of the season and the sixth of his career, pitching the final 1.2 innings whie allowing only one hit.

Stevenson and Lebanon Valley wrap-up their three-game Commonwealth Conference series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m.