OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Senior Kevin Kopas hit his second walk off of the season as the Stevenson baseball team rallied from four runs down to split a MAC Commonwealth doublheader with Lebanon Valley Friday afternoon at Sugar Field.
The Mustangs (14-18, 6-9 MAC Commonwealth) fell 8-5 in game one before the eight inning 7-6 come from behind victory. With the win, the team still remains in contention for the conference postseason tournament.
After putting the leadoff batter on base to open the game, junior Daniel Williams retired the next three batters, including a swinging strikeout on the final batter after battling back from a 3-0 count.
Stevenson wasted no time getting on the board as junior Jake Hall took the first pitch to right center for a leadoff single. A triple by classmate John D'Aquanno scored Hall before D'Aquanno advanced home on a throwing error by the shortstop for a 2-0 lead.
The Dutchmen () answered with three runs on three hits in the top of the second, including a two RBI single up the middle by Zac Edwards after a sacrifice fly with one out from Chase Weik.
After two quick outs, freshman Kevin Murray, Jr. drew a walk before advancing to third on a stolen base and a throwing error by the catcher. But Murray was left stranded as Michael Houseal recorded his second strikeout.
Lebanon Valley added another run in the fourth inning as Weik scored after getting on base with a two-bag shot to left center. With two outs, Edwards hit an RBI single to left field to score the run from second and pushing the visitors lead to two.
The Mustangs put two runners on with one out after back-to-back singles by sophomores Jordan Moore and Connor Wasilnak. A fielders choice by freshman Brady Kessler advanced the lead runner to third allowing Moore to score on a wild pitch and get the hosts back within one, 4-3.
Following a RBI double by the Dutchmen to leftfield to give Lebanon Valley a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning, senior Matt Phillips came in in relief. He retired the final batter of the inning with runners on second and third to keep the deficit at two runs.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Kopas hit a RBI double to left center to score D'Aquanno who reached on a fielders choice after a one out single up the middle by sophomore Matthew Kerber. Kopas finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
But Lebanon Valley got the run right back and pushed its lead back to two with a two out RBI single to left field. Six of the team's eight RBIs came with two outs.
The Dutchmen pushed two more runs across in the top of the seventh as Edwards recorded his fourth and fifth RBIs of the game with a single to centerfield. The leadoff batter finished 3-for-4 at the plate.
D'Aquanno picked up his second RBI of the game with a two out sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning to score Kerber. D'Aquanno finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.
Kerber and Wasilnak both finished with two hits.
On the mound, Williams suffered just his second loss of the season after scattering 7 hits through 4.2 innings. He recorded one strikeout.
A fielding error to start game two allowed the Dutchmen to score two unearned runs on a two-out, two-run homer by Marshal Kiessling. It is the team leading third home run for Kiessling.
Joshua Marcelli started strong on the mound for Lebanon Valley, striking out the side in the bottom of the first despite a four pitch walk and a throwing error by his third baseman.
After the Dutchmen added a third run in the top of the third, Stevenson answered with two runs of its own on a two-RBI triple by D'Aquanno after Hall leadoff with a single on the first pitch. But Marcelli came back with another pair of strikeouts to keep the damage at two runs and preserve the visitors one-run lead.
After getting the leadoff batter on in the top of the fifth, Lebanon Valley pushed one run across after the second and third batters of the inning bunted to push the runner to third. A groundout to second scored the run with one out, unearned.
Back-to-back hits to left field put runners on second and third with no outs for the visitors before Weik cleared the bases with a two-RBI double to the left field fence. Freshman Zach Kaye stayed in and retired the first batter before Erik Arenberg came it to record the final two outs.
A leadoff double to start the bottom of the sixth inning by junior Billy Small put the Mustangs in scoring position with no outs. Kessler was able to bring the run home with a two-out RBI single through the left side.
Trailing by three runs in the bottom of the seventh, junior Jake Dimon hit an RBI single through the right side before an RBI single by sophomore Connor Wasilnak. The Mustangs tied the game at 6-6 after Kessler reached on a fielding error, allowing the tying run to score.
Arenber retired the side in order in the top of the eighth inning before Kopas hit a walk off single to leftfield with runners on first and second and one out.
D'Aquanno and Kopas each finished with two hits in the game while six other batters recorded a hit.
Arenberg recorded his second win of the season after not allowing a hit through 2.2 innings with two strikeouts.
Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, April 19 when the Mustangs travel to Catholic for a non-conference contest beginning at 4:00 p.m.