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Baseball Splits Regular Season Finale, Advances to ODAC Tourney

Joey Sutphin

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney baseball split its regular season finale double header against Guilford, winning the first game 6-3 before falling in the second game 8-5. The Tigers finish the regular season at 21-17 overall and 10-10 in ODAC play. The Quakers stand at 22-17 overall and 9-11 in conference. Information regarding the ODAC Tournament will be forthcoming.

The Tigers put six runs of offense behind a strong pitching performance from Zach Perkins (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) to take game one 6-3.

Both Perkins and Guilford's John Todd kept the offenses at bay through four and a half scoreless innings, but it was the Tigers who finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth.

Joey Sutphin (Radford, VA/Radford HS) helped start the scoring by batting in Chase Counts (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes). Jacob Fontana (Midlothian, VA/Clover Hill) later extended the lead to 3-0 after he batted in Sutphin and Jayson Maitland (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights).

The Tigers continued their scoring in the sixth with Maitland batting in Andrew Kasiski (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) and Matthew Spagnolo (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) driving Counts home.

The Quakers got onto the board with a run in the top of the seventh, but the Tigers were able to match it in the bottom half of the inning as Fontana scored on a Kasiski RBI-sacrifice.

 Guilford came closer in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs, but Jonathan Triesler (Chesterfield, VA/Clover Hill) finished the game, recording the final three outs of the game.

Perkins threw eight strong innings, allowing three runs – just one earned – on ten hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Triesler then threw a scoreless inning.

Offensively, the Tigers had nine hits to Guilford's ten. Fontana and Maitland led the way with two hits each.

In game two, it was Guilford with the first runs of the game as the Quakers scored one in the second and two in the third for the early 3-0 lead.

The Tigers cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Lane Winesett (Virginia Beach, VA/Friends) knocked in Ryan Peevey (Wirtz, VA/Franklin) on an RBI-single.

The Quakers, however, pushed their lead back up with two runs in the top of the seventh.

Guilford added three more in the top of the eighth to push its lead to 8-1.

Cory Allgood (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) got the Tigers back on the board in the bottom of the eighth, batting in Shane Arceo (Newport News, VA/Denbigh).

Jacob Bartlett (Chesterfield, VA/Matoaca) started the scoring in the ninth for the Tigers, batting in Triesler. Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) then scored on an Arceo RBI. Allgood got in the scoring again, making it an 8-5 game after batting in Bartlett.

The Tigers then loaded the bases but Mitchell Stumpo came of the mound to collect the save.

Matthew Metheny (New Kent, VA/New Kent) was the pitcher of decision, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2.1 innings. Michael Flanagan (Moseley, VA/Cosby) pitched three scoreless innings, with two strikeouts to go with one hit and two walks.

Cameron Meyers (Benson, NC/West Johnston) allowed two runs on a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings. Trey Celata (Chesapeake, VA/Atlantic Shores Christian) walked one in a scoreless third of an inning, and Hayden Basse (Fairfax Station, VA/Bishop O'Connell) allowed three runs on five hits in two thirds of an inning.  Cory Childress (Zumi, VA/Windsor) threw a scoreless third of an inning, and Jayson Maitland (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) threw a scoreless ninth.

Offensively, the Tigers and Quakers each had 13 hits. Josh Duimstra (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) led the way with three hits.

The Tigers will continue their season in the ODAC Tournament, held on May 4-7 at City Stadium in Lynchburg. Details will be forthcoming.  

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