SALISBURY, Md. - Down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth, Wesley College scored five runs to come from behind for a 12-11 win over St. Mary's in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament.
The winning run scored on a play that contained a pair of Seahawk (14-18) errors. Bryan Reshetar (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) hit a ball that the first baseman could not come up with. The Seahawks got pinch runner Bill Hodgdon (Dennisville, N.J./Middle Township) into a run down, allowing Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) to break for home. When St. Mary's directed their focus to Morlock attempting to tie the game, a throw by the third baseman sailed into the back stop, allowing Morlock to tie the game Hodgdon to come around with the winning run.
Wesley's (24-13-1) big finish trumped a pair of big innings by the Seahawks, who scored six times in the first and five more in the sixth to account for all of their 11 runs. It also overshadowed Wesley's three stolen bases in the game, bringing the Wolverines' season total to 129, a new CAC record.
With the win, Wesley advances to the final day of the CAC Tournament, and will play Stevenson on Sunday at noon in a rematch from the first round.
In the first inning, J.P. Debrowski cleared the bases with a double and Bobby Corton hit a three-run home run as the Seahawks took a 6-0 lead before the second out of the game.
The Wolverines chipped away at the lead, scoring twice each in the second and fourth innings to cut it to 6-4. In the second, Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) drove in a run with a single and James Overstreet (Dover, Del.Dover) had an RBI fielder's choice to score catcher Alex Carter (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney).
Then in the fourth, Carter singled in Reshetar for his second run of the afternoon and Overstreet drove in his second of the day with a sacrifice fly.
A bases loaded walk and a hit batsman made it 8-4 in favor of St. Mary's with one out in the top of the sixth. A sacrifice fly by Jon Gill and Corton's fourth RBI of the game preceded another bases loaded walk that put Wesley behind 11-4 before reliever Chris Koch (Hyattsville, Md./Bishop McNamara) forced a fly ball to end the inning with the bases loaded.
The Wolverines again began to chip away at the lead, getting a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Overstreet and Stu Madden (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) drew one out walks and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) cut it to six and Morlock singled home Madden to make it 11-6.
Overstreet drove in his third run of the day with a bases loaded walk in the seventh that scored Reshetar for the third time in the game.
Koch, meahwhile, kept the Seahawks at bay, allowing just a hit and a walk in three innings of relief.
In the ninth, Matt Siciliano hit McKee and Overstreet singled to put a pair of runners on with one out. After the second out, Murphy drove home both base runners with a double to right center. Morlock followed with a single and Murphy scored on an error by the second baseman to make it 11-10. Siciliano hit his second batter of the inning, Geoff Kimmel (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), to set up the dramatic finish.
Kyle McGuire (Hartly, Del./Polytech), who entered the game with two outs in the eighth, earned the win. It was his first decision of the year in his team leading 18th appearance of the year.
Oversteet and Murphy knocked in three runs apiece. Overstreet also walked twice, scored twice and stole a base. Morlock had three hits and stole a pair of bases. Carter and McKee had two hits apiece, and while Reshetar did not have a hit in the game, he walked three times and scored three runs.
Debrowski joined Corton with four RBIs for the Seahawks. Both players had two hits, as did Jacen Killebrew and Justin Rabon.
Siciliano took the loss, allowing the final five runs, only two of which were earned.
The winner will play Salisbury for the championship at 4:00 PM on Sunday after the Sea Gulls won two games on Saturday to stay alive.