STEVENSON, Md. – The Stevenson baseball team avenged Thursday's tough defeat to take down Albright College in game two of the weekend set on Saturday afternoon by a final of 3-1 but suffered a 21-4 setback in the finale at Sugar Field. The win in the first game of the day stopped a four-game conference losing skid.
In game one, Stevenson (11-9, 3-4 MAC Commonwealth) had sophomore designated-hitter Mark Terrell lead the way going 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Seniors Billy Small, Michael Rhodes, and John D'Aquanno each went one for three combining for two runs scored and an RBI. D'Aquanno also added a double. While sophomores Brady Kessler and Alex Kidwiler chipped in solo hits as well.
After a scoreless first, Albright (6-6, 1-4 MAC Commonwealth) would strike in the top of the second against Stevenson junior starter James Wiercinski. Joe Suppa led off the inning with a single out to center field and then was able to take second on a wild pitch. The next hitter Logan Pennypacker advanced him 90-feet with a flyout to sophomore Kevin Murray Jr. in center for out one. Jack Shevlin followed with a walk before Brandon Daubert picked up an RBI single with a knock to right. That put two on and still just one gone for Logan Adams who reached on an infield single to load the bases. Wiercinski calmed down and got a flyout from Jimmie Gentry and a swinging strikeout by Jeff Yordy to retire the side. In the bottom of the frame, the Mustangs would answer back. As Small led things off with a single off of Lions starter Shaun O'Reilly. The next batter was D'Aquanno and he smoked a double out to deep left-center moving Small all the way to third with no outs. That sent Terrell to the dish who sent one into shallow right-field plating Small to tie the score. Then with Rhodes at-bat, O'Reilly attempted to pick off the runner at first but his throw went array allowing D'Aquanno to cruise home from third. After Rhodes went down on strikes, Murray and Kidwiler both drew walks to fill the bags with just one away. However, Terrell would be forced out at home on a tapper back to the mound and junior Matthew Kerber went down swinging to end the rally at 2-1.
Albright would get the leadoff runner on against Wiercinski in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth but was never able to move anyone beyond second. During that same time, the Mustangs were only able to get a runner to second one time until the bottom of the sixth. After Small was put away on strikes and D'Aquanno grounded out to the shortstop Terrell stepped in looking to begin a two-out rally. He got off to a great start ripping a double off the fence in deep left-center. Freshman pinch-runner Kevin Barrett was then brought in to run for the less speedy Terrell as Stevenson looked for an insurance run. Rhodes then stepped into the batter's box and during his at-bat, Barrett stole third. He then came into score on a single to right by the hitter to make it 3-1. The inning came to a halt when Rhodes was caught trying to steal second.
In the top of the seventh, Wiercinski went back to the hill looking to complete the game. The first man he faced was Logan Adams who went down watching the third strike. Next was Gentry who singled out to Murray in center. So with one on and one gone Yordy popped up to just into the game junior Anthony Millington at second who with a heads up play threw back to Kerber at first to double off Gentry to end the game.
Stevenson starter Wiercinski (3-2) took the win going the distance. He faced 30 batters giving up eight hits (one double), one run (earned), and fanned six.
In game number two Stevenson (11-10, 3-5 MAC Commonwealth), was paced by Kessler going two-for-three with an RBI and a run scored. Five other players added solo hits accounting for three runs batted in.
Albright wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the first scoring seven times on eight hits and assisted by two Mustangs errors. The first hitter was Adams who Stevenson starter sophomore Tyler Graham got to fly out to Murray in center. Gentry started the rally with a bouncing single through the right side and was able to safely reach second with Yordy at the dish when the throw from Kerber pulled Kessler off the bag. Then after another hit, Joe Suppa knocked in the first run with an infield single. Tanner Brescancine singled out to left to plate another and then Pennypacker reached on the second error of the frame by Kerber allowing Noah Beebe to cross. Still with just one down the first multi-RBI hit was delivered by Jessie Fikslin who drove home two. Austin Roth and Adams would also add run-scoring hits before Gentry grounded out to second for out number two. After Yordy was intentionally walked Graham was replaced by senior Kenny Armiger who got Beebe swinging to end the inning at 7-0. Stevenson looked to break up the momentum in their half of the opening frame as after back-to-back strikeouts Kerber doubled to deep left off of Lions starter Daron Pijanowski. Unfortunately, Dimon lined out to Gentry at short to stall the threat.
The next inning saw both sides get on the board as Albright got Brescancine on with one out. Armiger got Pennypacker to fly out for the second out, but the next hitter Fikslin singled to left center scoring the runner making it 8-0. Roth would be forced out on fielder's choice for the final out. In the bottom of the frame with one gone D'Aquanno laced a three-bagger to deep left-center and scored on the same play when the shortstop attempting to complete the relay throw to third but the throw went over the head of the third baseman and out of play allowing the batter to come home. Terrell and Rhodes were both then retired to not allow any more damage.
In the third, each side added a pair of runs as with runners at first and second Beebe roped a double to right-center plating two, before the next three hitters were set down in order. Kidwiler opened the bottom of the third with a double and then came in to score on a Kessler knock to left. Then after Dimon singled putting runners at first and second Small walked to load the bases. That brought D'Aquanno to the dish and he picked up an RBI as he drew a free pass to plate Kessler. Terrell grounded out to end the inning number three at 10-3.
From that point on it was all Lions as they tacked on three in the fifth, a pair in the sixth, and added five more in the seventh. The only other run for the Mustangs came in the last of the fifth when sophomore Zachary DeLong picked up a sacrifice fly to plate Dimon. The home side went down one-two-three in the seventh to suffer the defeat.
Stevenson starter Graham (3-2) took the loss in a rough outing giving up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning.
The Mustangs return to action on Monday, April, 2 when they finally get to conclude the season-series with Hood after multiple postponements. First pitch against the Blazers is set for 3:30pm at Frederick Community College.