(Chestertown, Md.) – The Dickinson baseball team pounced on host Washington College in the opener, but couldn't pull even in the second as they split a Centennial Conference double-header on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils cruised to an 18-1 win but the Shoremen held on for a 6-4 decision in game two.
The Red Devils wasted little time putting runs on the scoreboard as they erupted for an 18-1 victory in the opener. Austin Sumners (W. Trenton, N.J./The Pennington School) led off the game with triple and Robbie Thompson (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) reached safely on an infield single.
That set the stage for a three-run bomb off the bat of senior catcher Rick Hopkins (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J./Holy Spirit) to put the Devils up, 3-0, in the first inning.
Senior Jake Band (Gaithersburg, Md./St. John's College) had four straight singles, scoring in the second inning and driving in two more in the fourth.
The Red Devils tallied five runs in the fourth inning and repeated the performance with five in the fifth, with the help of a two-run double from first-year Pat Davis (New Providence, N.J./Morristown-Beard).
The Shoremen spoiled the shutout effort in the fifth, scoring their lone run with a double and a single.
Sophomore Max Matilsky (Bernardsville, N.J./Morristown-Beard) hit a solo homer to add a run in the sixth while junior Jonathan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./Berkshire School) led off the seventh with a solo shot. Davis doubled to score Stephen Sakowicz (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) for the final of 18-1.
Sophomore Ryan Vasel (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley) went the distance on the hill, earning the win behind nine strikeouts to improve to 4-2 on the year.
Seven Red Devils has multiple hits in game one. Band went 4-for-5 in the opener with three RBIs and a run scored while Matilsky went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
The Red Devils struck early again in the nightcap as Thompson singled and scored on an RBI from Chudacoff in the first inning of game two.
The Shoremen answered with an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning. Thompson and Chudacoff repeated their performance in the third to put Dickinson back on top before a three-run third inning with a two-run double gave Washington a 4-2 advantage.
Charlie Meder hit a two-run homer to make the score 6-4 in the fifth. Thompson reached on an error in the eighth and scored off the bat of Davis and Band drove in Sakowicz to cut the deficit to a pair of runs.
Thompson came back with his fourth single of the game in the ninth while Matilsky singled as well, but were both stranded as Washington held on for the win.
Thompson went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and reached on an error. Davis went 2-for-4 while Chudacoff recorded back-to-back RBI singles.
The Red Devils move to 18-14 overall and 5-5 in the conference. They travel to Gettysburg College for a 3:30 pm start on Tuesday.