Windisch records four hits
WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel scored multiple runs in each of its final four at bats to rally for a 14-9 victory over Penn State-Abington in the semifinals of the 2013 ECAC South baseball tournament on Wednesday.
Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) recorded four hits to lead the Green Terror (22-15), who rapped out 19 hits on the afternoon. Five other McDaniel starters had multiple-hit days, including three-hit performances from Pat Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) and Jonathan McKinney (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon).
With the win, second-seeded McDaniel advances to the title game on Saturday and will face No. 4 Waynesburg, which defeated top-seeded LaRoche 5-4 in the day's other semifinal. Game time is yet to be determined.
Mark McCouch and Pat Moran led the third-seeded Lions (22-22) with three hits apiece.
Trailing 4-1, Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning before Windisch dropped a single into left field to put runners at first and second.
With Cameron Bahr (Southampton, N.J./Seneca) at the plate looking to sacrifice the runners up a base, a wild pitch on the first offering did the job instead, allowing a groundout to score Jackow and cut the deficit to 4-2.
Christopher followed with an RBI single of his own to draw the hosts within one and chase the Abington starter.
Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) greeted the new pitcher with a triple into the right-field corner to knot the game at 4-all before he scored on a two-out wild pitch to put the Green Terror in front for good.
A Mike Palsi (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach) double to right and McKinney double down the third-base line stretched the lead to 6-4.
Tom Ditro led off the sixth with a single through the left side of the infield before Moran was able to beat out the ensuing sacrifice attempt for a bunt single.
Michael Corrigan successfully executed the sacrifice to put runners at second and third before an RBI ground trimmed the deficit to 6-5.
Bahr drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning before Christopher rolled a ball but the throw to second sailed into right field to put runners at the corners and Hayward followd with a sacrifice fly to push the lead back to two.
A fielding error allowed Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) to reach and put runners back at the corners with two away.
Palsi roped a ball to the gap to clear the bases with his triple and stretch the advantage to 9-5.
A one-out hit by pitch and RBI double chased McDaniel starter Zach Jones (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) in the top of the seventh.
A fielding error allowed Mike Kerns to score from second and trim the margin to 9-7 but James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) worked out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout looking to get out of the frame with the two-run lead.
With one out after the stretch, Windisch bounced a ball over the pitcher's head for an infield single before Bahr drew a four-pitch walk.
Christopher drilled the next pitch over the right-field fence for his team-leading third home run of the season and a 12-7 lead.
A McKinney one-out single up the middle and Jackow two-out bloop single put runners at the corners in the bottom of the eighth.
Windisch followed with a line-drive single to the gap for his second four-hit game of the season, scoring both runners for a 14-7 lead.
Two errors around a Moran single cut the deficit to 14-8 in the top of the ninth before A.J. Vagliani singled to load the bases with no outs.
Andrew Monger (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) got the final three outs, including two strikeouts, around a Parave seeing-eye single to nail down the win.
A Corrigan single, sacrifice, groundout and McCounch RBI single staked Abington to a 1-0 lead in the third.
Kerns led off the fourth with a single before back-to-back groundouts and a Moran RBI single doubled the lead.
Christopher led off the home fourth with a double just inside the fair line in the left-field corner before a Hayward single put runners at the corners and a Palsi sacrifice fly scored Christopher to make it a 2-1 game.
A one-out single by McCouch followed by a Parave home run to left made it a 4-1 game in the fifth.
Jones picked up his 10th win of the season, striking out five against no walks, to become the first Green Terror hurler in program history to record 10 wins on the mound. It was also his 20th career victory. He is just the second pitcher to reach that milestone.
Sean Sivo (Ellicott City, Md./Howard), Hayward and Palsi all had two hits.