WESTMINSTER, Md. – Sergio Nieto (Mameroneck, N.Y./Rye Neck) went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles to lead McDaniel to a 13-8 victory over Dickinson in the Centennial Conference (CC) baseball opener for both teams on Tuesday.
Justin Reitz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) added three hits, including the 100th of his career for the Green Terror (8-4, 1-0 CC) while Brandon Kline (Myersville, Md./Middletown) added two doubles and four RBIs.
Bart Marchant paced the Red Devils (4-11, 0-1 CC) with two hits that included a ninth-inning grand slam.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton) poked a double to the gap in right-center – the first of nine extra-base hits for McDaniel on the day.
After a Nieto single put runners at the corners, Worm scored on a passed ball to give the Green Terror a 1-0 lead.
A Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) triple off the wall in left and Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) RBI single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the third doubled the advantage.
Worm drew a walk to lead off the home fourth before back-to-back doubles from Nieto and Kline made it a 4-0 game.
Kline later scored on a fielding error to stretch the lead to 5-0.
Singles from Mike Schuster, Peter Bilali and Tyler Rosa gave Dickinson its first run of the game in the top of the fifth.
Leading 6-1, the Green Terror added six in the bottom of the seventh keyed by doubles from Nieto and Kline.
After Reitz notched his 100th career hit, Harold Baines, Jr. (St. Michaels, Md./St. Michaels) capped the frame with a two-run home run down the right-field line.
Pace laced a ball over the left-field fence in home eighth to stretch the lead to 13-1 before a pair of errors and Marchant’s grand slam keyed a seven-run ninth to set the final margin.
Tyler Persun (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win for McDaniel and improve to 2-1 on the season.
Every starter in the Green Terror lineup got a hit in the 18-hit affair, including two knocks apiece from Pace and Worm.
McDaniel concludes the home-and-home series at Dickinson on Friday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - R H E
Dickinson (4-11, 0-1 CC) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 - 8 11 2
McDaniel (8-4, 1-0 CC) 0 1 1 3 1 0 6 1 x - 13 18 4
Sean White, Zach Light (4), Garrett Horan (7), Brian Kullas (8) and Evan Hennessey; Tyler Persun, Ryan Graves (7), Joe Drzonsc (9) and Justin Reitz. WP: Persun (2-1). LP: White (2-1). S: none. SO-BB: White 5-1, Light 0-2, Horan 1-0, Kullas 0-0; Persun 7-3, Graves 2-2, Drzonsc 0-0. 2B: Andrew Worm 2 (M), Sergio Nieto 2 (M), Brandon Kline 2 (M). 3B: Russell Coover (M). HR: Harold Baines, Jr. (M), Matthew Pace (M). GS: Bart Marchant (D).