Windisch homer propels way to victory
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – McDaniel scored five runs in the eighth inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat Washington (Md.) 6-4 in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Friday.
Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) recorded three hits, including the two-run double that proved the difference for the Green Terror (7-10, 1-1 CC) in the top of the eighth. Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) provided the rest of the offense in the inning with his first career home run.
Garrett Richardello put the Shoremen (11-8, 2-1 CC) on top initially with a two-run single in the sixth as part of his two-hit day.
Trailing 3-1, Jonathan McKinney (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) led off the top of the eighth with a single to center before being erased on a Andrew Hofmeister (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) ground ball to second.
After a flyout down the right-field line and pitching change, Sean Sivo (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) singled to put runners at first and second with two outs.
Windisch followed with a shot over the left-field fence for a 4-3 lead.
Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) followed with an infield single before Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) put a ball through the left side to put runners back at first and second with two outs.
Fiore followed with a double – just the second extra-base hit of the day by either team – to extend the lead to 6-3.
A one-out bunt single from Charlie Meder in the bottom of the inning and an errant throw on a failed pickoff attempt coupled with a groundout put the runner at third with two outs.
Michael Acampora followed with a single to left to score Meder and cut the deficit to 6-4.
Zach Kronick (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland) came on in relief and retired four of the five batters he faced to earn the save.
A two-base throwing error in the top of the third coupled with a sacrifice bunt and Sivo RBI groundout staked McDaniel to a 1-0 lead.
Richardello reached on a ball to lead off the fourth inning for a leadoff infield hit before two more singles loaded the bases. A double play gave the Green Terror two outs but tied the game before Jack Dowd (Friendship, Md./Bishop McNamara) recorded one of his two strikeouts in the senior's first start of the year.
Singles from Meder and Brian Alexa with two outs in the bottom of the sixth followed by a walk loaded the bases for Richardello, who sinlged through the left side to give Washington a 3-1 lead.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Muhlenberg on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 12:30 p.m.