Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville baseball team had a dramatic yet record breaking day on Wednesday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader between the Hilbert Hawks by losing game one 10-2 and winning game two 13-11 and a walk off homer.
Hilbert was first on the board in game one, with three runs in the first inning. The Spartans would answer back in the bottom of the third with a run of their own.
Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) led off with a single to right field. He was then moved to second with a sac-bunt from Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) and driven home two batters later by Thomas Brummer (Amherst, NY/St. Joe's) to make the game 3-1.
The Hawks would get that run back and then some in the fifth and sixth innings. Hilbert scored five runs in the top of the fifth and to runs in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 10-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) led off with a double to right field. He then stole third and was driven in by Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) two batters later and made the score 10-2, the game's final score.
Four players recorded a hit in the game. Dan Fox (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) allowed two earned runs over three innings of work, striking out four. Will Pack (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) pitched 2.1 innings of relief, allowing one earned run.
As they did in game one, Hilbert got on the board in the first inning of game two. The Hawks scored two runs, but D'Youville would answer right back in the bottom of the first to take the lead.
Brummer singled to right field with one out in the inning. Next, Eric Simoncelli (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) reached on an error to put two runners on base. Two batters later, Kevin Kabacinski (Buffalo, NY/St. Joe's) doubled down the right field line to score Brummer and Simoncelli, tying the game at two. Following the RBI double, Hammer would come to the plate and drive in Kabacinski to give D'Youville a 3-2 lead.
Louis Reynolds (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame) walked after Hammer moved to third. Critelli then hit a bloop single to right field, scoring Hammer and moving Reynolds to third. The Hilbert pitcher would then balk, scoring Reynolds from third and the inning would end with the Spartans holding a 5-2 lead.
Hilbert would get a run back in the second to trail 5-3, but D'Youville would regain their three-run lead in the third. Reynolds and Critelli both again reached base with two outs. Numan-Ali would then single, scoring Reynolds for a 6-3 lead.
However, the Hawks would score three in the fifth to tie the game at six. D'Youville retook the lead in the sixth after Brummer reached third with no outs after a single and error on the Hilbert right fielder. Simoncelli then came up to drive home Brummer and put the Spartans back out in front at 7-6.
In the eighth, Hilbert took their first lead since the beginning of the game, scoring three runs and led 9-7. D'Youville pulled back to within one run of the lead after Brummer drove in Numan-Ali in the bottom of the inning to trail 9-8.
With two RBI doubles in the top of the ninth, the Hawks extended their lead to three at 11-8 and seemed to take control of the game. Despite trailing, the Spartan's offense was resilient and came up clutch when they needed to most.
With one out, Reynolds drew his second walk of the game for the first baserunner of the inning. Following the second out, Numan-Ali tripled to left center and drove in Reynolds to make it a two-run game. Lead-off hitter Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) then singled, driving in Numan-Ali to make it a one-run game.
Brummer then came to bat and singled to keep the game alive, moving the speedy Haak into scoring position at third and the chance to tie the game. However, Simoncelli got hold of the first pitch he saw and drove it to deep left field and over the fence as the senior homered, walking off the Hawks and giving D'Youville the 13-11 win.
Simoncelli made history in game two. In the second inning, Eric doubled to set the school's all-time doubles record. He had four RBI in the game, including three on his walk off, to set the school's new all-time RBI record. With his three hits in the game, he set the hit record as well.
The team did a great job of getting on base no matter where they were in the lineup. Reynolds had two walks, while Brummer led the team with four hits. Haak, Simoncelli and Numan-Ali all had three hits. Kabacinski and Numan-Ali each had two RBI, while Brummer and Reynolds each scored two runs.
Pitcher Steve Vik (Hopkins, SC/Lower Richland) picked up his first win of the season in two innings of relief, allowing two earned runs and striking out one. Starting pitcher Tyler Goodridge (Lockport, NY/Lockport) pitched well once again going seven innings and allowed five earned runs.
D'Youville will travel to Mount Aloysius for their final conference games of the season on Saturday, April 30th to play the Mounites at 1 and 3:30pm.