Dover, Del. – Wesley's Baseball team narrowly escaped a Utica rally on Sunday, winning game one of a double-header 2-1 in seven innings. The Wolverines improve to 2-5 on the season.
Hunter Barr pitched 4.1 innings of no-hit ball and engaged in a pitching duel with Utica's starting hurler, who didn't give up a Wesley run until the fourth inning. Barr tossed a complete game and simply dominated the Pioneers as he gave up just one run on three hits while striking out six.
After drawing a walk in the bottom of the fourth, Alexander Weber sprinted to second base off a passed ball by Utica's catcher. Kevin Schmitt then hit a dribbler back to the pitcher, who overthrew the ball to first base. This allowed Weber to score all the way from second and gave Wesley its first lead of the game 1-0.
During the bottom half of the fifth with Dustin Sutton in scoring position, Jason Boc singled to right field. Sutton flew from second base to secure the run making the score 2-0 heading into the sixth.
Barr found himself in his first jam of the game when he walked two Pioneers to start the top of the seventh. As he gave up an RBI double with one out, catcher John Joines noticed a Utica runner advancing to third as he was receiving the relay throw. Joines launched the ball to third to get a huge second out. Barr finished off the next batter with a game-saving strikeout.
Weber would go 1-2 with a run and walk in the game. Boc's crucial RBI double made the difference between an extra-inning game and the win.
After an exciting game one, Wesley looks to take another series win as game two is scheduled to start at 3p.m.
The Wolverines dropped game two of a double-header against Utica on Sunday. They split the series with Utica and fall to 2-6 on the season.
After giving up four runs in the first three innings, Wesley failed to answer back until the sixth inning. Utica's bats put up a three-spot in the top of the inning, to which Kevin Schmitt responded with a fielder's choice in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Jacob Meisel and Jordan Marucci. The score would be 7-2 heading into the seventh.
The Pioneers then put up two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Wesley tried to get a last-minute rally going by scoring a run off of Meisel's RBI single with two outs. The next batter would strike out, however, ending the game.
The team will travel to Stockton University in New Jersey to play a game against the Ospreys. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30p.m. at Stockton Baseball Field.