Winter Haven, FL – The D'Youville baseball team lost back-to-back games on Wednesday afternoon, losing to the Crown Storm by the final scores of 9-8 in extra innings and 11-8.
Crown got on the board first, scoring a run in each of the bottom of the first and second for a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third, the Spartans would take over the lead. Louis Reynolds (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame) led off the inning with a walk. Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) each reached base followed by a Thomas Brummer (Amherst, NY/St. Joe's) walk to load the bases.
Reynolds would score on a wild pitch, advancing all runners up a base. Two batters later, Haak would score and Brummer would advance to third. Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) walked in the next at-bat, followed by a Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) triple to clear the bases, scoring Brummer and Macrides. The inning ended with the Spartans ahead of the Storm 4-2.
In the top of the fourth, D'Youville added another run as Haak flied out to right field, driving in Reynolds who had singled to start off the inning, making the score 5-2. Crown would answer back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, cutting their deficit to 5-4.
The Storm would take control of the game in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs and taking an 8-5 lead. However, D'Youville would come right back in the top of the sixth. Reynolds again led the inning with a walk, followed by a walk to Michael LiPani (Irondequoit, NY/Irondequoit). Haak then doubled to center, driving in Reynolds and making the game 8-6. Haak would advance to third on a passed ball two batters later and LiPani would score and make the game 8-7. In the next at-bat, Haak would then score on a wild pitch, tying the game at 8-8.
Neither team would score in the seventh, taking the game to extra innings. The game would head to the bottom of the eighth where Crown loaded the bases with no outs. The fourth Storm batter of the inning singled, driving in the game winning run and giving Crown the 9-8 win over D'Youville.
Reynolds led the team with three runs, followed by Haak with two runs, two hits and two RBI. Macrides also had two hits and Hammer added in two RBI. Will Pack (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) picked up the loss in two innings of relief, allowing one earned run. Nick Stimpfel (Aquebogue, NY/Riverhead) struck out five in four innings as the game's starter.
Following a high scoring affair in game one, the two teams would put on another offensive showcase in game two. It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth inning that the first run would cross the plate, this time with D'Youville taking the lead.
Eric Simoncelli (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) walked to begin the inning. Macrides then singled to advance to second, and then both runners would move into scoring position on a wild pitch. Hammer would then drive in Simoncelli, move Macrides to third and reach on a fielder's choice. Next up, Kevin Kabacinski (Buffalo, NY/St. Joe's) grounded out to third, scoring Macrides and moving Hammer to third.
Two batters later, LiPani would walk. Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) singled, driving in Hammer and moving LiPani to second. Haak would then single to load the bases followed by Brummer reaching on an error and scoring LiPani. The Spartans batted around with Simoncelli coming back up and singling, scoring Haak and Numan-Ali. The inning would end with D'Youville taking a 6-0 lead over the Storm.
Crown would score their first run of the game in the top of the fifth, making the game 6-1. However in the top of the sixth was where they changed the game. The Storm scored 10 runs in the sixth inning, taking a commanding 11-6 lead over D'Youville. Simoncelli would pick up another RBI driving in Haak in the bottom of the inning and Pack picked up an RBI in the seventh driving in Stimpfel, but it wouldn't be enough as the Spartans lost 11-8.
Simoncelli led the team with hits and three RBI. Kabacinski had two hits and pitched five innings in his first start of the season. Haak tossed two thirds of an inning and had a team high two runs. He earned the loss in the game.
D'Youville will play another doubleheader in their final day of spring training on Thursday, March 24th starting at 12pm. The games will be against Maine-Farmington.