Mustangs Take Game One Of Series With Widener In 14

Mustangs Take Game One Of Series With Widener In 14

CHESTER, Pa. - The Stevenson baseball team fell behind 5-0 through the first four innings, but then rallied back thanks to five players posting multi-hit games including a ninth-inning game-tying home run from senior Zachary DeLong, and six strong frames out of the bullpen by freshman Sam Downs to level the score at 5-5.  The game was suspended due to darkness after 12 innings and picked up on Saturday in Maryland.  It would take two more frames before the Mustangs plated two in the 14th to take game one of the series 7-5.

  • Stevenson (11-7, 5-2 MAC Commonwealth) got a leadoff single from junior Kevin Murray Jr.but after a steal of second base he would go no further as senior Jordan Moore fouled out to third to retire the side.
  • Widener (7-14, 1-6 MAC Commonwealth) struck twice in their half off the inning off of junior starter Tyler Graham.
  • With men at second and third, Nick D'Alessandro earn a walk to load the bases for Tommy Scharnikow who singled out to left for the 1-0 lead and kept the bags full.
  • The next hitter was Greg Elfreth who was hit by the pitch to force in a run for a 2-0 lead.  Graham got an inning-ending double play off the stick of Nathan Valenta to end the rally.

  • A leadoff single from junior Alex Kidwiler did not amount to anything as home starter Kade Jone set down the next three batters.
  • The Pride tacked on one more after a one-out walk to Brennan Taylor, Matt Samson smacked a double off the left-field wall plating the runner to extend the edge to 3-0.

  • A double, an infield single, followed by a double for Bryce Fremgen gave the home team a 4-0 advantage.

  • Freshman Sam Downs took over and gave up a run as well as Samson reached on another infield single, before he was knocked in by Brandon Reis.
  • After a D'Alessandro walk put men at first and second with one away, Scharnikow bounced into the third double play of the afternoon.

  • A one-out single to center by senior Matthew Kerber came around to score on a two-out single to left off the bat of Kidwiler.  He then went to second on a wild pitch by Jones during the at-bat of junior Mark Terrell.
  • Terrell capped off the at-bat with a two-strike run-scoring single to center cutting the deficit to 5-2. 
  • Sophomore Thomas Holcomb flew out in foul ground down the left-field line to halt the attack.
  • Taylor ledoff with a single, but would only get as far as third before Stephen DeBellis lined out to Murray in center to retire the side.

  • The Mustangs once again went to work with two down in their half this time against reliever Joey Zettlemoyer as Murray laid down a bunt single followed by a single to center for junior Brady Kessler put two on for Kerber.
  • He drove home one with the third straight visitor single.  
  • Moore was next and he smashed a double off the left-centerfield fence which brought home Kessler, however, Kerber was gunned down at the plate to keep it 5-4.
  • Downs issued a walk in the bottom-half, but struck out the side for the shutdown inning.

  • Stevenson went into their last chance needing one to pull even and that is exactly what they got just as DeLong took a 3-2 pitch from Sean Maniatis up and over the left-field wall for the game-tying home run.
  • Freshman Billy McAdam and Murray worked back-to-back walks to put two on and no outs for Kessler.
  • He went to work against new pitcher James Dougherty, but flew out to center.  The next two batters were set down as well to keep it tied 5-5.
  • Downs began his sixth inning out of the pen by getting a groundout and a pop out, however, he then hit the next two batters to put the winning run at second for Scharnikow.
  • He flared one out to shallow-center but Kessler sprinting out from second made the catch to send the game to extras.

  • Widener put the winning run at third against junior Jake Vanko with two out for DeBellis who was robbed of the winning hit by a diving Kessler to send the game to the 12th.
  • When the game resumed on Saturday, both teams put the go-ahead run in scoring position in the 13th but neither side could push it across.
  • McAdam opened the 14th with a single up the box and after Murray walked both men moved 90-feet on a sacrifice bunt.
  • Kerber was then intentionally walked to bring up Moore who put the Mustangs in front with a single to left, which was followed by a sac fly of the bat of Kidwiler for the 7-5 edge.
  • Senior James Wiercinski was brought in to nail down the save which is did allowing one walk, but getting a double play out of Scharnikow to end the game.

  • W: Zach Kaye (1-1), L: Kyle Laing (0-1), S: James Wiercinski (2)
  • Graham took the no decision going three frames allowing six hits and four runs.
  • Downs, Vanko, Kaye, and Wiercinski out of the pen accounted for 11 innings of one run six-hit baseball while fanning six batters.
  • Kerber, Moore, Murray, Kidwiler and Terrell all had multi-hit games combining for 12 hits, six RBIs, and four runs scored.
  • DeLong, McAdam, and Kessler each posted one knock.
  • Jones took a no-decision for the Pride lasting six giving up two runs and six hits.
  • Laing suffered the loss in two innings of work with three hits and two runs.