Shoremen Top Gordon, 10-1, to Open Florida Trip
WINTER HAVEN, FL -- The Washington College baseball team extended its best start since 1985 by winning its first game during its week-long stay at the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational, defeating Gordon, 10-1, in a rain-shortened seven-inning contest in Winter Haven. The Shoremen improved to 6-1 with their fifth consecutive win.
The Shoremen took a quick 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run single by junior first baseman Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South), an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford), a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman CY Daniel Wu (Kowloon, Hong Kong/International Secondary School), and an error that resulted in Remington scoring.
In the second inning, senior shortstop Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) drove in the Shoremen's sixth run with a single and Cotterell drove in the seventh with a sacrifice fly. Washington's eighth run came in the bottom of the third when sophomore second baseman Jon Mahaffey (Sykesville, MD/Century) scored on a double play.
The Fighting Scots got on the board in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Brian Harrington.
Washington returned to the scoring column in the bottom of the seventh when junior third baseman Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and senior catcher Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) walked with the bases loaded to push the lead to 10-1. The game was then called due to rain.
Sophomore Ben Cameron (Laurel, MD/Reservoir) got the win for the Shoremen, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk while striking out five. Sophomore AJ Schmalfuhs (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) also threw three innings, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out two. Freshman Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep [NJ]) pitched the seventh inning, walking three batters but allowing no hits and no runs.
Normoyle went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, and three stolen bases in the win for Washington. Junior center fielder Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Cotterell was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored and senior designated hitter John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum School) walked three times and scored two runs.
Ben Davidson and Geoff Brown were the only Fighting Scots to reach base twice in the game, each finishing with a walk and a base hit.
The Shoremen continue play in the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational tomorrow with a 9:00 a.m. double-header against Anna Maria at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, FL.