DOVER, Del. - Wesley College used a five-run seventh inning to pick up a 9-4 win over Arcadia on Senior Day in a game played at Schutte Park.
The Wolverines (18-18) held a 4-3 lead before scoring five runs to break it open. Geoff Kimmel (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) was hit by a pitch and stole second to lead off the inning. Bryan Reshetar (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) singled and took second on a throw home to put runners on second and third before Steve Perone (Skillman, N.J./Montogomery) was intentionally walked to load the bases with no one out. An RBI single by Rich Lober (Wilmington, Del./Concord) and a two-run double off the bat of Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) stretched the lead to 7-3. After a pitching change, a sacrifice fly by Billy Crowe (Newark, Del./Salesianum) and a run scoring single by Jon Carlson (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) capped the scoring in the inning.
The Knights (3-24) scored once in the ninth on an error by the Wolverines.
Wesley had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) reached on a bunt single to lead off the game. The shortstop then stole both second and third before scoring on a wild pitch.
After an RBI single by Nick Petroski tied the game in the bottom of the inning, the Wolverines added two more in top of the second. A bases loaded single by Carlson put Wesley on top and Crowe scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1. Crowe scored on another wild pitch in the fourth to make it 4-1.
A Wesley error and a sacrifice fly by Jerry Smith in the Arcadia half of the fifth cut it 4-3 in favor of the Wolverines.
The Knights got the potential tying run in scoring position in the seventh, but DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) forced a ground out to end the threat before Wesley broke the game open in the bottom of the inning.
Ryan Doran (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) picked up the win pitching the first five innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out three batters. Keckler picked up the save, tossing the final four innings in relief. He scattered three hits and a walk, while striking out five.
Benedict had three hits in the game for Wesley and stole three bases. Carlson had two hits, two RBIs and stole a base. Reshetar and Lober each had multi-hit games, as well. Crowe had one hit, but also walked twice.
Brandon Martin, Brian Inella, Petroski and Mark Bowman each had two hits for the Knights.
Adam Benusis pitched the first two innings and took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out four.
Before the game, Wesley honored its three seniors - Crowe, Doran and Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown).