WESTMINSTER, Md. – Harold Baines, Jr. (St. Michaels, Md./St. Michaels) rapped out two hits, including a two-run home run to start a comeback and lift McDaniel to a 14-13 victory over Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Friday.
McDaniel downs Gettysburg in wild one
A day after taking a 12-3 win in Gettysburg, the Green Terror (14-8, 7-4 CC) completed its first season sweep of the Bullets (13-16, 6-6 CC) since 1999, rallying from a 7-0 deficit in the fourth inning.
Baines and Jon Zimmerman (Lemoyne, Pa./Cedar Cliff), who also had two hits – one of five McDaniel starters with multiple hits, drove in three runs apiece to help the squad remain a game in the loss column out of first place in the CC standings.
Kevin Langhauser paced Gettysburg with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored while Scott Vladyka had two hits and five RBIs.
Trailing 7-0, Justin Reitz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) led off the home fourth with a single before Baines lifted his third home run of the season over the right-field fence to get the Green Terror on the board.
Two pitches later, Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) was hit by a pitch before moving to second on a wild pitch.
A Troy Tipton (Hanover, Pa./South Western) double pulled the hosts within 7-3.
Tipton advanced to second on a ground out before scoring on the first of two Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) sacrifice flies.
A Craig Barrows triple and Vladyka RBI groundout stretched the lead back to 8-4 in the top of the fifth before McDaniel took advantage of two Bullet errors, a hit batter and two walks to plate seven unearned runs in the bottom of the frame and take an 11-8 lead.
Zimmerman capped the frame with a two-run single down the left-field line.
Augie Stadtmueller led off the visitor sixth with a single before two walks and a hit batsman led to a two-out rally.
The bases-loaded walk to Barrows pulled Gettysburg within 11-9 before Langhauser cleared the bags with a triple to the wall in center field and gave his team a 12-11 lead.
A Vladyka single up the middle to greet Ryan Graves (Cordova, Md./St. Michaels), who was on in relief of Joe Drzonsc (Albany, N.Y./Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons), stretched the lead to 13-11.
Singles from Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton), Sergio Nieto (Mameroneck, N.Y./Rye Neck), Zimmerman and Reitz evened the game in the bottom of the seventh before the Green Terror plated the winning run in the bottom of the eighth without the aid of a hit.
Coover battled back from a 1-2 hole to draw a walk to lead off the inning before, with one out, Worm was hit by the first pitch he saw to put runners at first and second.
A wild pitch moved the runners up a base before a Pace sacrifice fly allowed Coover to score with the winning run.
Danny Snight (Silver Spring, Md./St. Johns College Prep) pitched around a one-out walk to earn his third save of the season and give Graves his third win.
Two singles, including a bunt single, and an error before a Vladkya bases-clearing double staked Gettysburg to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second.
Four singles and an error before a Cam Riera two-run single accounted for a four-run visitor fourth for the 7-0 Bullet advantage.
Reitz, Tipton and Nieto added two hits for the Green Terror, who plated a combined 26 runs in the first two games of a four-day, six-game conference stretch.
McDaniel returns to action in a doubleheader at Ursinus on Saturday. The first game begins at 12:30 p.m.
Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - R H E
Gettysburg (13-16, 6-6 CC) 0 3 0 4 1 5 0 0 0 - 13 14 2
McDaniel (14-8, 7-4 CC) 0 0 0 4 7 0 2 1 x - 14 12 2
Derek Zaleski, Michael Sweeney (5), Kyle Conklin (8) and Craig Barrows; Chase Wolf, Joe Drzonsc (5), Ryan Graves (6), Danny Snight (9) and Justin Reitz. WP: Graves (3-1). LP: Conklin (2-2). S: Snight (3). SO-BB: Zaleski 2-2, Sweeney 1-1, Conklin 0-3; Wolf 0-0, Drzonsc 2-2, Graves 1-1, Snight 1-1. 2B: Scott Vladyka (G), Troy Tipton (M). 3B: Craig Barrows (G), Kevin Langhauser (G). HR: Harold Baines, Jr. (M).