Balanced Offense Leads Mustangs To Conference Win Over Hood

Balanced Offense Leads Mustangs To Conference Win Over Hood

FREDERICK, Md. –  The Stevenson baseball team had five players record a multiple hit game en route to a 12-6 victory conference and in-state foe Hood College on Monday afternoon at Frederick Community College.  With the win, the Mustangs were able to salvage one of the three games in the season series with the Blazers who swept the doubleheader at Sugar Field last Monday by finals of 6-4 and 13-12.     

Stevenson (12-10, 4-5 MAC Commonwealth) junior Matthew Kerber continued to swing a hot bat going 4-5 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.  Senior John D'Aquanno added two hits as well including his second home run of the season and knocked in three runs.  Classmate Michael Rhodes had a game-high four RBIs.  Senior Jake Dimon and sophomore Kevin Murray Jr. combined for four hits, three runs scored, and a pair of runs batted in.    

The Mustangs took no time to strike against Hood (18-4, 5-4 MAC Commonwealth) starting pitcher Dylan Johnson.  After Murray opened the game up with a double and stole third just as sophomore Brady Kessler went down swinging on strike three.  D'Aquanno was then hit by a pitch putting runners at the corner with one out.  With senior Billy Small at the dish, D'Aquanno took second on a failed pickoff attempt by the catcher which allowed Murray to scamper home from third.  Johnson then issued Small a walk before Kerber knocked one to left field letting D'Aquanno come in.  Dimon and sophomore Alex Kidwiler were then set down to retire the side at 2-0.  Stevenson senior starter Michael Remeikis took to the hill in the bottom half of the frame and had a strong shutdown inning as he induced a pair of groundouts and a strikeout swinging to move the game to the second. 

To begin inning number two Rhodes began things with a double out to deep left field.  He then moved up 90-feet on a sacrifice bunt by junior Anthony Millington and came around to score when Murray drove him in with a knock to right.  Kessler singled to put runners at the corners with one gone.  That brought D'Aquanno to the dish who laid down a sac bunt to plate Murray.  With the bases full and two out with a chance to bust the game open early Dimon went down on strikes to stall the rally at 4-0.  Remeikis had another clean frame by getting a groundout and causing Drake Friend to bounce into a double play to put two in the books.

After a scoreless third, the away side would tact on two more runs in the fourth and a solo in the fifth.  First in the fourth, with one out and Kessler on second D'Aquanno blasted a two-run shot over the left field fence to make it 6-0.  Small and Kerber then both grounded out against reliever Nick Meyer to set down the side.  To start the fifth Dimon led off with a two-bagger out to right-center.  Kidwiler then advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt to move him to third with one out for Rhodes.  He stepped up and delivered a fly ball to center field that was deep enough to plate Dimon extending the lead to 7-0.  With two gone and a man on first Murray flew out to center to retire the side. 

In the sixth, both sides would get on the board however only Stevenson hung a crooked number.  With one away D'Aquanno reached on an infield single and Small was hit by a pitch sending runners to first and second.  That brought Kerber to the plate who picked up an RBI single to center field.  Andrew Catone came out of the bullpen to face Dimon who grounded out to first for out number two.  Kidwiler followed up by drawing a walk to load the bases for Rhodes.  He ripped a double to right center which cleared the bases pushing the lead out to 11-0.  Millington went down watching strike three to retire the side.  The home half of the frame saw a one-out walk to Cam Esposito be punished by a two-out triple from Nathan Kessler to put the Blazers on the board.  Brad Sawyer grounded out to Millington at second to end the inning. 

With the score 11-1 heading to the eighth Dimon added one more to the total with an RBI single to knock home Kerber who had singled with one out.  He was then caught stealing second and senior pinch-hitter Michael Kelly grounded out to second to bring the top of the inning to a close at 12-1.  That would be it for Stevenson, but Hood looked to mount a comeback in their halves of the eighth and ninth.  After back-to-back base hits from Jordan Perez and Joe Kroeger, Esposito stepped in with no one out and he singled to center to score Perez.  With the bases loaded and still just one away junior CJ Kilpatrick came in from the bullpen to replace Remeikis and got a flyout from Kessler for out two.  Sawyer then added a sac fly to plate Kroeger.  In the ninth, Perez added an RBI single and Kessler knocked home two more with a base hit up-the-box bringing the Mustangs lead to 12-6.  Sawyer grounded out to Millington at second to end the game.     

Stevenson starter Remeikis (3-0) earned the win going seven strong innings giving up just three runs on eight hits and struck out four.  Kilpatrick surrendered three runs on three hits over two frames of work.   

The Mustangs will not have long to enjoy the victory as they are right back at it tomorrow Tuesday, April, 3 for a non-conference contest against in-state rival Salisbury University.  First pitch of game one against the Sea Gulls is set for 3:30pm.