Big Bats Lead Spartans to Series Finale Win over St. Mary's

Big Bats Lead Spartans to Series Finale Win over St. Mary's

St. Mary's City, MD – The D'Youville baseball team concluded their weekend series in Maryland against the St. Mary's Seahawks on Sunday afternoon, defeating them by the score of 16-11.

Through the first two innings, the Seahawks were able to take a 3-0 lead against the Spartans. In the top of the second, Brendan Burke (Collegeville, PA/Spring-Ford) led off with a single, then stealing second. Two batters later, Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) singled to reach base, but advanced due to an error that scored Burke for the Spartan's first run. Then Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) flew out to center, but it was deep enough to drive in Haak to make the score 3-2.

St. Mary's was able to get a run back in the bottom of the third to make the score 4-2, but D'Youville's biggest inning was right around the corner.

Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) led off the fourth after being hit by a pitch, then stole second. Nicholas Ivanoff (Scranton, PA/West Scranton) then doubled, scoring Macrides to make the score 4-3. After a Patrick Mulligan (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) bunt single plus stolen base and a Justin Varney (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) walk, the bases were load.

Devon Kelly (Rochester, NY/Olympia) moved each runner a base over with a single to tie the game at 4-4, driving in Ivanoff. Hammer then singled two batters later to drive in Mulligan and Varney, but Kelly and Hammer remained at third and second thanks to an error with the score 6-4 D'Youville. To cap off the scoring, Justin Brackna (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) singled to score Kelly and Hammer, making the Spartan's lead 8-4 half way through the fourth inning.

The Seahawks again answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs to trail 8-6. However D'Youville got those two runs back in the fifth. Ivanoff led off by reaching base on an error, moving to second on a Varney single. Burke then walked to load the bases and two batters later, Haak reached base and two runners scored thanks to a St. Mary's error to make the score 10-6.

With a leadoff walk in the sixth, Macrides moved to second on a sac-bunt from Ivanoff. Macrides then stole second but was able to score on an error by the catcher to increase the Spartan's lead to 11-6. St. Mary's closed the gap to three in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs, bringing the score to 11-8.

D'Youville was able add some insurance runs in the final two innings. Brackna led off the eighth after being hit by a pitch. Macrides then doubled, moving Brackna to third and both were in scoring position. Ivanoff then singled to score them both, followed by a double from Mulligan to score Ivanoff to give D'Youville a 14-8 advantage heading into the ninth.

Hammer walked with one out in the ninth, followed by another out and Macrides coming up with two down. He then stepped in and hit his second home run of the season, making the score 16-8 in favor of the Spartans.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Seahawks were able to score three runners but it was too late as the Spartans closed out their weekend with a victory, defeating St. Mary's by the final of 16-11.

The team had several major contributors on Sunday, with four players recording at least two RBI and every Spartan tallying a hit. Macrides, Ivanoff, and Mulligan each had two hits in the game while Hammer and Ivanoff led the team with three RBI each. Brackna and Macrides each had two RBI, but Macrides led the team with four runs scored.

Varney also scored two runs while Burke had two walks, a hit, and a run scored. Ivanoff added three runs scored and a walk in the game.

On the mound, Ivanoff won his first game of the season by pitching five innings and striking out six. Haak then came in for four innings of relief, allowing two earned runs and picking up his first career save.

D'Youville will have a week off before they resume play as they travel to Wells on Saturday, March 24 to play the express at 12:00pm and 2:30pm in a non-conference doubleheader.