Baseball Has Long Week of 4 Games

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Baseball Has Long Week of 4 Games

Shane Shuma ’22, Sports Writer 

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 Saturday, April 6, the Dickinson men’s baseball team hosted the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats at MacPhail Field and found a 4-3 victory. 

 The Devils reached out to an early lead as Alex Cohen ’21 drove in Brendan Pell ’21 from third on a groundout. The Diplomats answered in the top of the fourth inning with two runs and added another in the fifth after a score on a wild pitch. However, that was all the scoring the Diplomats would muster that day as the Devils answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Chris Delsandro ’21 ripped a triple with two outs on the inning to start the rally. Ben Carter ’19 reached on a walk and Delsandro came to score off an RBI single by Pell. The lack of control by Diplomat pitching fueled the rally, as Carter came in to score on a passed ball and Pell scored on a wild pitch. The final score was 4-3 as Devils’ pitching shut out the Diplomats in the closing frames. 

This game was inspired by the campaign to “Shine a Light on Autism.” Both teams came together to raise $4000 to support the cause Autism Speaks.

After hosting the Juniata College Eagles Wednesday, April 3 in a 12-2 loss, the Devils looked to bounce back in a home doubleheader against the Haverford Black Squirrels Saturday, April 6. In the first game, Dickinson got out to an early 2-0 lead after scoring in the first two innings. Max Brown ’19 walked to start the fifth inning and quickly advanced to third after a stolen base and Pell being hit by a pitch. Brown then scored on a wild pitch to bring the Devils early lead to 3-0. Haverford would attempt to rally, scoring two runs of their own, but Tommy Koide ’20 was able to hold the Squirrels in the ninth to close out the win. 

Haverford got out to an 2-0 lead in the nightcap after scoring in the first. Alex Jacobson ’19 put the Devils on top 3-2 in the seventh after driving in Carter on a sac fly. Haverford would score in the top of the eighth and shut down the Devils in the ninth to bring the game to extra innings. Brown scored on a walk in the bottom of the tenth after the Devils loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, single and an error. The Red Devils were then able to capture a 4-3 win in the second game of the double header with Haverford.

Alongside the excitement of the wins that occurred over the course of the week, Koide was named the Centennial Conference Athlete of the Week, more specifically the baseball pitcher of the week, for his incredible showing that he had in each game. 

After the long week of games the Devils improved their record to 4-1 in the Centennial Conference and 18-6 overall. 

We wish the men luck as they are set to host the second game against Gettysburg Friday, April 12.