Early Morning Start Does Not Bother Mustangs In DH Sweep Of MCLA

Early Morning Start Does Not Bother Mustangs In DH Sweep Of MCLA

STEVENSON, Md. - The Stevenson baseball team did not let the 8am first pitch of game one of Sunday's doubleheader against the Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts slow them down as junior starting pitcher Tyler Graham went out and delivered a four-hit seven-inning shutout over the Trailblazers 1-0.  Then, in the second game of the morning, the Mustangs bats erupted scoring runs in all but two frames en route to a convincing 11-1 victory thus completing the weekend sweep at Sugar Field.

  • MCLA (0-2) went down in order to begin the game against Graham.
  • Stevenson (5-2) looked to get on the board with two out in the bottom of the first as senior Jordan Moore walked and classmate Zachary DeLong collected the first hit of the game, but junior Alex Kidwiler lined out softly to third to end the threat.
  • Graham appeared to run into trouble in the top of inning two as the guests had two in scoring position with two away, however, Dahndray Sistrunk struck out swinging allowing for no damage.
  • The Mustangs would put two men in scoring position after a single by sophomore Thomas Holcomb and a walk to freshman Austin Taylor.  That brought junior Kevin Murray Jr. to hit who struck out swinging against Trailblazers starter Shawn James keeping the game scoreless.
  • After another three up and three down frame for Graham, Stevenson got on the board in the home-half of the third.  
  • Junior Brady Kessler led off with a single and moved to second on an error by the left fielder.  Moore followed him by reaching safely on the second error of the frame.  James got back-to-back strikeouts leaving two on for Holcomb.  During the at-bat catcher, Dan Buchanan had the ball clip off his glove and roll away allowing Kessler to score the first and only run of the game.
  • In the top of the fourth, MCLA looked to answer the home run immediately as with one out Logan Rumbolt was hit by a pitch and Dillon Maxon singled leaving runners at first and second for Buchanan.  He hit a sinking line drive hard to right which was run down by sophomore Nate Perkins who threw behind Rumbolt at second to double him off for the final out.
  • Stevenson went in search of insurance in the bottom of the sixth as with two outs a single for senior Michael Rhodes and walks to Taylor and Murray loaded the bags for Kessler.  Trailblazers reliever Mike Urbanski was able to induce a ground ball preventing any damage.
  • Graham engineered a one-two-three top of the seventh helped out by a spectacular diving catch deep in the right-field corner by Perkins off the bat of Maxon.  The game ended as Diego Rivera struck out for the third out.
  • W: Tyler Graham (1-0), L: Shawn James (0-1)
  • Graham went the distance scattering four hits and fanning two.
  • Kessler, DeLong, Holcomb, and Rhodes each had one hit with Kessler scoring the only run.
  • James took the loss going five giving up three hits, one run (unearned), and struck out seven.
  • Four Trailblazers each recorded a knock with Rivera picking up a double.

  • Stevenson (6-2) wasted little time getting on the board against visiting starter Brendan Kelly as Kessler doubled to left, Holcomb walked and then both advanced 90-feet on a two-out wild pitch with Kidwiler at the plate.  He delivered the first two RBIs of the game with a two-bagger to left center scoring both for the early 2-0 lead through one.
  • After a throwing error by the third baseman allowed Maxon to reach safely he was caught trying to swipe second to end any threat that could have developed.
  • The Mustangs extended their edge in the last of the second with a two-out rally.  A single from freshman Will Mesa and a walk to Rhodes saw men on the corners for Kessler.  He grabbed his first RBIs of the day with a double to deep right-center making it 4-0.  Holcomb was then hit by a pitch leaving runners at first and second still with two away.  That brought DeLong to the dish who stretched the advantage to 5-0 with a single to right-center plating Kessler.  Kidwiler went down on strikes to stall the rally.
  • After a good shutdown inning for freshman starter Sam Downs the hosts added on in the third as Perkins reached on a fielder's choice allowing Mesa to come home safely for the 6-0 lead.
  • MCLA got their only run of the game in the top of the fourth when three straight walks handed out by Downs led to a sacrifice fly off the stick of Jake Ferrara scoring Christian Seariac.  After Maxon flew out to right Joe Toledo walked to load the bases with two gone for Ben Durland.  He brought the inning to an end by hitting into a fielder's choice that forced out Toledo going to second.
  • Junior reliever Jake Vanko began the sixth with a single but caused no threat as he retired the next three hitters on a pair of flyouts and a grounder.
  • Stevenson broke it open in the bottom-half of the frame scoring five more times.  Kessler and Holcomb walked with one out bringing DeLong to hit.  He came up with an extra-base hit to left scoring two.  Then, with two in scoring position freshman, Billy McAdam put up a sac fly to right scoring DeLong.  Walks to sophomore Patrick Sullivan and Mesa filled the bags for Perkins who finished the scoring off with a single down the left-field line driving home two more for the 11-1 advantage.
  • The Trailblazers last chance came against sophomore Phil Wugalter.  He gave up a one-out walk to Durland and let him go to second on a balk, but got Jeff Bink to strike out to end the game.
  • W: Sam Downs (1-0), L: Brendan Kelly (0-1)
  • Downs went four innings giving up one hit and one run (earned) on three strikeouts.
  • The bullpen trio of sophomore Ryan Smith, Vanko, and Wugalter each went a frame combining for just one hit and two K's.
  • Kessler, Mesa, and DeLong were a combined 6-10 with three RBIs, six runs scored, and four doubles.
  • Kidwiler added a double with an RBI and a run scored.
  • MCLA starter Kelly lasted just two innings surrendering five runs (all earned) on six hits and three strikeouts.
  • Antonio Archina and Toledo delivered the only hits for the guests.

  • Kidwiler's hitting streak was stopped at five games after going 0-3 in game one.
  • DeLong on the afternoon was 3-7 with a double, two RBIs, and a run scored.
  • On the day eight different Mustangs recorded a hit.
  • Stevenson totaled five doubles in game two after not recording an extra-base hit in game one. 
  • The win for Downs was his first as a Mustang.
  • The Mustangs are 5-1 on days where they play two games, going 2-1 in game one and 3-0 in game two.

  • Stevenson begins a span of five games in five days on Tuesday, March 5 when the Gettysburg College Bullets pay a visit to Sugar Field on the Greenspring Campus for a non-conference contest with first pitch set for 3pm.