MONT ALTO, Pa. – McDaniel scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 23-2, seven-inning victory over Penn State-Mont Alto in non-conference baseball action on Thursday.
Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) led the offensive charge for the Green Terror (13-8) with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, adding three RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases. As a team, McDaniel racked up 21 hits in 42 at bats and scored in all but one inning, including nine times in the seventh innings with the reserves in the lineup.
Jeremy Pagano led the Lions (4-5) with one of their six hits and an RBI.
Hayward led off the game with a single before stealing second. Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) followed with a walk before Pat Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) followed with a single to gap to score Hayward for the first run of the game.
Bahr later scored on a passed ball to cap the inning.
A one-out single from Zeb Thorson and walk to Justin Warner put two runners on bases for Pagano, who knocked in Thorson.
A Brady Griest RBI groundout made it a 4-2 game after one inning.
Hayward was hit by a pitch to lead off the second inning before stealing second, taking third on a groundout and scoring on an error.
An error in the third allowed Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) to reach before he took second on a Jonathan McKinney (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) sacrifice and scoring on a Hayward single.
Hayward once again stole on the first pitch after he reached, swiping the bag despite an attempted pickoff by Penn State-Mont Alto.
Christopher was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth before stealing second.
Bahr singled up the middle to score Christopher for a 7-2 advantage.
After Betts replaced Bahr on a fielder's choice that caromed off the third baseman's glove right to the shortstop, Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) singled to put runners on first and second.
Chad Nazelrod (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) beat out an infield single to load the bases before Windisch roped a ball to center, scoring Betts and Fiore.
A wild pitch moved both base runners up a bag before a Hayward two-run single capped the five-run frame to make it an 11-2 game.
Christopher led off the fifth with a single before Bahr drew a walk. A fielder's choice put Betts at first and Christopher at third.
Nazelrod beat out a two-out infield single, forcing a bad throw to put runners at the corners and already one run home in the inning.
A McKinney two-run double just inside the line in left field made it a 14-2 lead.
After not scoring in the sixth, the Green Terror went back to work in the seventh.
A double play cut down the runner at home before Tyler Ferretti (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) doubled in both runners for a 19-2 advantage.
Sam Wertz (Hampstead, Md./North Caroll) and Hampton drew back-to-back walks to reload the bases before a Nemser infield single scored Ferretti.
An error and Gallo two-run double double set the final margin.
David Pisauro (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) threw five innings with eight strikeouts to pick up the win.
Christopher, Betts, Fiore, Nazelrod, Nemser and Gallo all finished with two hits.
McDaniel concludes its home-and-home Centennial Conference series with Washington (Md.) on Friday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.