(Baltimore, Md.) – The Red Devil baseball team dropped a pair of heartbreakers at Johns Hopkins in a battle for first place in the Centennial Conference. Both teams entered the day with a 9-3 mark, but the Blue Jays escaped in a pair of high-scoring affairs, 16-14 and 11-10.
The Red Devils jumped out early, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning of game one. Senior Max Matilsky (Bernardsville, N.J./Morristown-Beard) hit a two-run homer and classmate Max Brown (Annapolis, Md./McDonogh) launched a grand-slam, going over the wall in center field.
Chris DeGiacomo answered with a three-run bomb in bottom half of the inning to cut the lead in half. They tacked on seven in the second with the help of another three-run homer off the bat of Nate Davis.
Brown singled in the third and made his way to third to set up and RBI-sac fly from Brendan Pell (Delran, N.J./Penn Charter) before the Blue Jays matched in the bottom of the inning with another Nate Davis homer to make the score 11-7.
Alex Cohen (Newtown Square, Pa./Penn Charter led-off the fourth inning with a solo homerun and Brown doubled in another as Dickinson scored three to cut the deficit to just a run at 11-10.
Back-to-back walks set up an RBI for Tim Kutcher to put Hopkins up 12-10. Dickinson regained the lead in the fifth as Pell scored on a sac-fly from Brian Reilly (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) and Joey Volpe (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) hit a two-run shot over the fence in left field.
Sophomore catcher Chris Delsandro (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) hit a solo homer in the sixth to give the Red Devils a 14-12.
The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a two-RBI single from Chris Festa. They used a pair of singles to set up sacrifice fly in the seventh and Mike Eberle singled in another for the final of 16-14.
The Red Devils produced 17 hits in the opener, led by a 4-for-6 outing from Cohen. Brown went 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored while Matilsky was 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Pell finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and an RBI.
Delsandro added two hits and Volpe tallied two hits, two RBI and three runs scored. Tommy Koide (Morristown, N.J./West Morris Mendham) came on relief and would suffer just his first loss of the season, moving to 6-1 on the year.
The second game was much of the same as the Blue Jays wasted little time putting runs on the board behind a three-run shot from Nate Davis in the bottom of the first.
Alex Jacobson (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) countered with a two-run homer in the top of the second to keep pace with the Blue Jays. A pair of doubles led to four runs in the fourth, putting Hopkins in front 7-2.
Ian Beumee (Denville, N.J./San Ramon Valley) reached on a bunt single and moved to second to set up another RBI for Brown in the fifth. He singled to drive in two runs in the sixth and Brown put Dickinson in front 8-7 with a three-run homer to left.
Matilsky went yard to lead-off the seventh and put Dickinson up, 9-7. Hopkins tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a sac-fly and a bases-loaded walk.
The Red Devils answered once again as Delsandro reached on a single and scored on a double from Pell to give Dickinson a 10-9 lead.
Festa led-off the eighth with a homerun and another bases-loaded walk would put the hosts in front 11-10.
Josh Hejka came on to close in the ninth as the Blue Jays held on to move into first in the conference.
Brown added four RBI in the nightcap, going 2-for-4. Cohen recorded five strikeouts on the hill in game two and went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Beumee was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while Pell tallied two hits as did senior Ben Carter (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area).
The Red Devils move to 22-10 overall and slip to 9-5 in the CC. They return home to face Muhlenberg College on Tuesday at 3:30 pm.