ANNVILLE, Pa. – Brent Toms (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) used some heads-up base running to score from second base on a deep fly ball to right field in the top of the eighth inning, breaking a 5-all deadlock and giving McDaniel a 6-5 victory at Lebanon Valley in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday.
McDaniel plays small ball to win at LVC
With the win, the Green Terror (15-12) assures itself of at least a .500 record – the program’s first since a 17-12 campaign in 2004.
Jon Zimmerman (Lemoyne, Pa./Cedar Cliff) set a third program record in the victory, scoring two runs – the 90th and 91st of her career to overtake Christian Abildso (1995-98). He already owns the career marks for at bats (432) and walks (66). With three games remaining in his career, he also needs just nine hits to tie Jerry Resh’s career mark of 132. Justin Reitz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) is third on the all-time hits list with 118.
Grant Wilest and Joe Soupik led the Flying Dutchmen (18-16-1) on Wednesday with a 2-for-4 performances.
Trailing 5-4 after a Dustin Deibert double plated Brent Ruminski in the bottom of the sixth, Reitz singled to right field to lead off the visitor seventh.
A single from Harold Baines, Jr. (St. Michael’s, Md./St. Michaels) – his 43rd of base knock of the season, which is two shy of the program record – and wild pitch put runners at second and third.
Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) drew a walk to load the bases before Troy Tipton (Hanover, Pa./South Western) drove in Reitz to even the game at 5-all.
An inning later, Toms reached on an error before moving to second on a Sergio Nieto (Mameroneck, N.Y./Rye Neck) sacrifice bunt.
Zach Croft (Laurel, Md./DeMatha) followed with a fly ball to the warning track in right field for an out, but heads-up base running from Toms turned the play into a the game-winning run.
An error and Coover RBI single in the top of the first staked McDaniel to an early 1-0 lead before four straight one-out hits plated two runs in the bottom of the inning to give Lebanon Valley a 2-1 edge.
Zimmerman walked to lead off the third before tying the game and scoring his program-record run on a Baines double two batters later.
The Flying Dutchmen countered with singles runs in the each of the next two innings before the Green Terror plated single runs in each of the next four.
In the fifth, Baines drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Nieto to make it a 4-3 game before Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton) drew a walk to lead off the top of the sixth.
A hit batter put runners ant first and second before Nieto roped a double to the gap in right-center to score Worm and even the game at 4-all.
The Green Terror returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Friday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - R H E
McDaniel (15-12) 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 - 6 7 2
Lebanon Valley (18-6-1) 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 5 10 2
Mike Freeman, Tyler Oakes (3), Joe Drzonsc (5), Ryan Graves (6), Tyler Persun (7), Danny Snight (8) and Justin Reitz; Brian Miller, Pete Moro (6), Shane Specht (6), Jake Becker (7), Nick Faria (9) and Bert Malloy, Dustin Adam (8). WP: Persun (5-3). LP: Becker (2-4). S: Snight (4). SO-BB: Freeman 1-2, Oakes 1-0, Drzonsc 0-0, Graves 2-1, Persun 1-0, Snight 2-1; Miller 2-4, Moro 0-1, Specht 0-1, Becker 0-0, Faria 0-2. 2B: Harold Baines, Jr. (M), Sergio Nieto (M), Dustin Delbert (L), Grant Wiest (L), Joe Soupik (L).