Baseball Splits Double-Header Opener
Roanoke College baseball split their opening games of the season against North Carolina Wesleyan. Because it was a double-header each game on The Maroons won the first game 4-1 then lost the second 3-7.
In the first game, Wesleyan started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs they were able to get a man on first with a single up the middle. The next batter had a double to left-center field, and the runner on first was able to score.
The Maroons answered later in the game with an explosive top of the fourth. The Maroons had the bases loaded with no outs. Craig Kiley, junior, singled to right field; Will Decker, junior, doubled to right center, advancing Kiley to third; and Clark Crutchfield, senior, got on base on a hit by pitch.
Next at bat Scott Ellis, freshman, singled to center field, batting in Kiley. Collier Donald, junior, reached first on a fielder’s choice but Decker was out at home base. Dean Hermanson, freshman, also reached on a fielder’s choice with Donald out at second. Crutchfield was able to score on the play. The Maroons were up 2-1 with 2 outs.
The final score in the innings came in the next at bat. Lucas Nowlin, junior, singled to left batting in Ellis who was on third. Will Black ended the inning for the Maroons by striking out looking.
In the top of the sixth, the Maroons scored an unearned run. Ellis had gotten on base with a single to right center, and Donald walked. Ellis and Donald advanced a base on a fly ball from Hermanson to centerfield. Ellis was able to score from third base on a wild pitch. This put the Maroons up 4-1, where they won the game.
Ellis was the most impressive at the plate. In his three at bats, he had two hits, one RBI and two runs scored.
In the second game of the double-header the Maroons pitches fell through, costing Roanoke a 3-7 loss. Michael Mares, junior, was given the loss, pitching for 3.2 innings and allowing four runs. Jared Soisson, freshman, pitched 1.1 innings and allowed three runs.
Again, Wesleyan was the first to score. In the bottom of the first Mares threw a wild pitch allowing a runner to score.
In the top of the fourth, Roanoke got two men on base. With Ellis on second, and Donald on first, Hermanson hit a home run. After the homer, two more Maroons got singles, but no one was able to bat in the runners. The inning ended with the Maroons up 3-1 but two men left on base.
Wesleyan responded in the bottom of the inning. With no outs, they had a runner on first when the batter scored a home run tying the game 3-3. Mares then allowed another home run, giving Wesleyan the lead. After putting another man on base, he was pulled and Soisson came in to finish pitching the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Soisson fell into the same issue Mares has. He put two men on base then pitched a home run. After the three run RBI he was able to get out of the inning without letting any more runs.
Roanoke was behind 3-7 with two innings left. In the sixth Roanoke didn’t get any men on base. In the seventh the Maroons has a chance. Ross Strickland, sophomore, and Crutchfield got on base with only one out. In the end, none of the batters were able to score them and the Maroons lost 3-7.
Hermanson’s home run, scoring three runners, was the highlight of the game for the Maroons. While the pitching in the game allowed it to get out of reach, there was no run assist other than this homer.
Due to bad weather, Roanoke’s first home game was moved to late April. Their first home game of the season will now be March 2, at 3:00 PM.