Dover, Del. – Wesley's Baseball team narrowly escaped with a game one win against St. Joseph's Sunday afternoon. With both teams displaying an explosion of offense during the game, the Wolverines' six-run fifth inning would be just enough to hold the Bears' seventh inning rally to secure a 12-10 victory.
Wesley's defense got off to a rocky start, committing two errors in the first that allowed St. Joseph's to get out to an early 2-0 lead. John Joines and Dustin Sutton put the Bears' pitcher in a jam in the bottom half of the inning when they both drew walks and stole a couple of bases to put themselves in scoring position for Jordan Marucci. Marucci grounded to the shortstop, trading a Sutton run for an out.
Jason Boc would reach on a St. Joseph's error, tying up the score 2-2. With the bases loaded, Alexander Weber knocked in another run with a fielder's choice. The Wolverines would take a 3-2 lead by the end of an exciting first inning.
After a Bears' run in the second inning, Joines responded with a sacrifice fly out, scoring Dominick Williams.
Wesley's starting pitcher Hunter Barr would give up three runs on three hits, losing grasp of the team's lead 6-4. This would motivate the Wolverines' bats to surge over the next two innings with Joines and Marucci lining two RBI singles that tied the game at 6-6.
The bottom of the sixth inning would see the biggest offensive blow of the day, with Wesley plating six runs during the frame. With the bases loaded, Jacob Meisel would score on a St. Joseph's passed ball. Sam Courtney's great eye at the plate earned him a walk and an RBI. Sutton would come up to the plate two batters later and laced a two-run double to left center field. Joines would send an RBI double into the outfield after. Jason Boc would cap off the big inning with an RBI single.
Barr was replaced by Sutton in the top of the seventh to try and close things out for a Wesley win. A couple of errors would cost the Wolverines four runs during the inning, but Sutton was able to induce a flyout for the last out of the game.
Joines would go 2-4 on the day with three RBI's. Marucci matched Joines with two hits of his own and had a pair of RBI's as well.
Barr went the distance for six innings and gave up eight hits that led to six runs, three of which were earned. He also struck out a pair of Bears players on the day and improves to a 2-1 record.
Dover, Del. – The Wolverines picked up their second win of the day, defeating the St. Joseph's Bears 3-1. Cole Edwards secured his first win of the season with an impressive complete-game domination. The team improves to 4-9 on their regular season record.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, Courtney grounded out to St. Joseph's pitcher, scoring Jason Boc from third. Another sacrifice RBI by Jordan Marucci in the bottom of the fifth would prove to be enough for Wesley's starting pitcher Edwards to work with for the remainder of the game.
Courtney had one hit in two at-bats, sending home and scoring a run on his own. Dustin Sutton also had a hit and crossed the plate once during the close duel.
Cole Edwards had a tremendous outing on the hill, allowing just one run on four hits through the seven innings of the game. He served as the thorn in the Bears' side as he blanked 11 batters to break out of his three-game losing streak.
The Baseball team will travel to St. Mary's College of Maryland to square off against the Seahawks on Wednesday. The game's first pitch will come at 3:30p.m as they look use today's energy to pick up another win on the road.