Wilson Phoenix baseball: Phoenix split doubleheader with Cairn
The Phoenix split a doubleheader with the Highlanders of Cairn Tuesday at Henninger Field.
The Wilson College baseball team hosted the Highlanders Monday afternoon in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) doubleheader. The Phoenix (11-3, 2-2 CSAC) split the series with the Highlanders (5-5, 2-2 CSAC), dropping the first game, 2-1, and winning the second game, 7-0.
Junior Cam Nolet (Annapolis, MD., S.C. Aiken) started on the mound for Wilson in game one, striking out two of his first four batters. In the bottom half of the inning, the Phoenix struck first as freshman Peyton Mason (Knoxville, MD, Boonsboro HS) drove in the first run of the game off a double to right field. Both pitchers were firing on all cylinders as both teams struggled to gain some momentum throughout the game.
At the top of the seventh, Cairn knotted the game up at 1-1 off a homer to deep left field. Later in the top on the ninth, the Highlanders took the lead off an error, putting them ahead 2-1. Wilson tried to get the last inning rally going but came up short, dropping the first game by a final score of 2-1.
Inside the Box Score
The Phoenix scored one run off six hits with three errors. Their opponents finished the game with two runs on six hits with zero errors. Nolet finished the game with five hits and 14 strikeouts on the night; while freshman Shane Bowie (Frederick, MD, Thomas Johnson HS) struck out three. Mason finished hitting 1-3 with one RBI, a double, and a walk, sophomore Michael Marrale (Sykesville, MD, Old Dominion Univ.) went 1-4 with a run, and senior James Husar (Oxford, CT., CCBC Essex (Md.)) went 1-3.
Junior Kevin Ehrman (York, PA., Central York) got the nod in game two, getting out of the top of the first without any runs. In the bottom of the first, just like the last game, Wilson found the scoreboard first. This time it was junior Brandon Cook (Glen Burnie, MD., Shepherd University) who scored off a wild pitch. Phoenix added one more run off an RBI single to left from senior Dylan Procopio (Pittsburgh, PA., Westmoreland Community College) at the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Phoenix added three runs off four hits in the bottom of the sixth. The first run of the inning was knocked in with a double down the left-field line from Procopio. Then junior Kevin Finn (Gaithersburg, MD., Watkins Mill) drove in the second run of the inning off a fielder’s choice. The last run of the inning came from another fielder’s choice hit by Cook, bringing the score to 5-0 after the sixth.
Wilson added another run in the bottom of the seventh, as Husar slapped a single to right-center that drove in one. The last run of the game come off a groundout from freshman Jacob Pryor (Myersville, MD, Middletown HS), giving the Phoenix a 7-0 victory in game two.
Inside the Box Score
Ehrman threw eight innings, striking out four and only letting up three hits. Junior Max Little (Crestview, FL., Spangdahlem), who pitched the last inning, struck out two batters. Procopio finished the game a perfect 3-3 with two runs, two RBIs, two doubles, and one walk. Senior KJ Curry (Bowie, MD., Coker University) went 3-5 while Cook hit 2-3 with two runs, two walks, one RBI, and three stolen bases. Altogether, the Phoenix finished with seven runs off 12 hits with one error while their opponents finished with zero runs on three hits with three errors.
The Blue and White will take on Penn State Altoona (4-6 2-2 AMCC) in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 8, starting at 1 pm.