Wesley Advances in CAC Playoffs
SALISBURY, Md. - Wesley College's Seth Hastings (Seaford, Del./Seaford) gunned down the go ahead run at home in the top of the 12th, then stroked a walk off double in the bottom of the inning as the Wolverines eliminated York (Pa.) from the CAC Baseball Tournament, 5-4.
With the win, Wesley (18-11) survives to advance to the final day of the tournament at 12:00 PM against Mary Washington. If the Wolverines win, they will play again for the championship at 3:00 PM.
Senior Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) had three hits in the game and an 11th inning single was the 178th of his career, a new Wolverine record.
In the top of the 12th, with two outs, Kyle Cook singled for the Spartans (18-12) and Matt Monti was waved home. Hastings fielded the ball and threw him out at home to end the inning.
Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) reached on a throwing error to lead off the bottom half of the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch before Hastings ended the game with a double to left field.
Wesley had jumped ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first against York's Chris Frankenfield. Morlock reached second base on an error in the outfield and scored an RBI single by Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown). Bryan Reshetar (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) doubled to put runners on second and third before Tyler Burns (Dover, Del./Dover) drove in both runner with a single up the middle.
The Spartans got a run back in the third when Rick Shumway knocked in a run with two outs. York cut it to a one-run game in the seventh when Monti singled, stole second and scored on a Cook base hit.
In the bottom half of the inning, Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) walked with one out and a single by Morlock put runners on first and second. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch to set up a sacrifice fly by Reshetar to make it 4-2.
York appeared poised for a rally in the eighth, loading the bases with no one out, but Kyle McGuire (Hartly, Del./Polytech) forced a line drive out, struck Jimmy Meehan out looking and got Dustin Worthman to fly out to get out of the jam undamaged.
Cook doubled to lead off the Spartans' half of the ninth inning before McGuire retired the next two hitters. CT Stanley kept the inning alive with an infield single before Steve Tretter knocked in Cook to make it a 4-3 game. Rob Klinck followed with York's third straight two-out hit to tie the game before McGuire forced a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Wesley got the potential winning run to second base in the bottom of the ninth with one out, but Brandon Ullom came on to end the inning.
Both teams had their chances in the 10th and 11th innings as the two teams combined to strand six runners on base.
Ryan Doran (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) picked up his third win of the year with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) started for the Wolverines and limited the CACs top hitting team to just seven hit and a walk in seven innings, while striking out six.
Morlock's three hits gave him enough to break the old school record of 177 set by Chris Chaffinch from 1998-2001.
Hastings went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Murphy also had two hits in the game.
Cook was 6-for-7 on the day, but Klinck was the only other Spartan with more than one hit in the contest.
Brian Lusby was charged with the loss for York. Joey Couch replaced Frankenfield in the second and went 7.1 innings. He struck out eight, walked four and allowed just one run on six hits.
While Wesley knows they will play Mary Washington at 12:00 PM on Sunday, the Eagles' game with Salisbury will determine the schedule for the final day. A Mary Washington win would eliminate the Sea Gulls from the tournament and Wesley would need two wins over the Eagles to win the title. But if Salisbury wins, all three teams will have one loss in the double elimination tournament heading into Sunday. In that scenario, the winner of the game between the Wolverines and Mary Washington would face Salisbury for the title.