Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville baseball team won their first game of the season on Wednesday afternoon in a thrilling comeback with a 6-5 game one loss to the Medaille Mavericks and a 17-16 game two win.
There was no score through the first three and a half innings of game one as the Mavericks put three runs up in the bottom of the fourth. They then added two runs in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead 5-0 through five.
D'Youville would first get on the board in the top of the sixth as the bases were loaded with two outs following singles from Justin Varney (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) and Renato Quinones (Lockport, NY/Saint Joe's) plus a walk from Shane Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden). Nick Jank (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) would then come to back, reaching on an error to score Varney and make the score 5-1.
In the bottom of the inning, Medaille would answer with a run of their own to bring the lead back to five at 6-1. Moving into the seventh, the Spartans put together a big inning to put the game in jeopardy for the Mavericks.
Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) doubled with one out, followed by Varney and Quinones reaching to load the bases. Alex Liem (Dorchester, Ont./Dorchester Secondary) walked to bring in a run, followed by Connor Truitt (Rochester, NY/Early College) grounding out to drive in Varney for a 6-3 deficit. In the next at-bat, Kevin Sanders (Buffalo, NY/City Honors) singled to drive in two more runs and the Spartans were down by just one run.
Despite their late push, D'Youville was unable to come back fully as they fell 6-5 in game one of the doubleheader.
Six different players registered a hit for the Spartans. Varney scored a pair of runs while Sanders led the team with two RBI. Adam Lampman (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) pitched well over 5.2 innings of work, striking out two. Brendan Burke (Collegeville, PA/Spring-Ford) pitched 0.1 innings of relief, allowing no hits, runs, or walks.
The second game of the day saw huge offensive numbers from both teams. Haak led off the game with a single, then stealing second and moving to third in the next at-bat. Quinones would fly out to center to score Haak for the first run of the game and a D'Youville 1-0 lead. Medaille would then score a pair to lead 2-1 after one.
In the top of the second, Truitt led off with a single. He would then score with a Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) double to tie the game at 1-1. With two outs, Devon Kelly (Rochester, NY/Olympia) then doubled to switch places with Critelli, giving D'Youville the lead back at 3-2. Medaille would then score two runs in the bottom of the second, three in the third, and two in the fifth to extend their lead to 9-3.
Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) grounded out to the shortstop to drive in Truitt from third to start the scoring for D'Youville in the sixth inning. Kelly would single in the next at-bat as he and Burke were in scoring position with two outs in the innings. Haak then came to bat, singling home Kelly and Burke to put the deficit at 9-6 in favor of the Mavericks.
With one run in the bottom of the sixth and three more in the seventh, Medaille would increase their lead to 13-6 heading into the final two innings of play. The next two innings would be massive for D'Youville as they took over the game in a big way.
Burke led off the inning with a walk, advancing to third with a Numan-Ali double. Haak walked two batters later to load the bases as Varney grounded out to score Burke from third. Quinones then walked to load the bases again as a passed ball scored Numan-Ali, putting the runners in scoring position. Liem followed with a walk as Truitt then reached on an error as the third and fourth runs of the inning crossed the plate, putting D'Youville down by three at 13-10. Back to back wild pitches scored two additional runs for the Spartans as the men pulled to within one at 13-12 going into the ninth.
The D'Youville offense stayed hot in the ninth with Kelly leading off with single. Haak and Varney then singled to load the bases with no outs, followed by a Quinones single to drive in Kelly and tie the game at 13-13. Liem then came to bat and walked, scoring Haak and D'Youville was back out in front 14-13.
A Truitt sac-fly scored Varney to increase the lead to two and a Critelli single scored Liem and Quinones, pushing the fresh Spartan lead to four at 17-13.
Medaille made a push to get back in the game in the bottom of the ninth as they scored three runs to trail 17-16, but the Spartans were able to hold off the Mavericks and win their first game of the season by the final score of 17-16.
Haak earned the first win of his pitching career in 3.2 innings of relief, allowing five hits and striking out five. Jank was impressive in 2.1 innings of relief with one strikeout and no earned runs while Bryce Little (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) got the start.
In addition to his victory on the mound, Haak was extremely effective at the plate. The senior went 3-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Kelly had a career day with three hits, two runs scored, and an RBI while Quinones went 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Liem, Truitt, and Critelli all went 2-4 at the plate while Burke earned three walks and scored a pair of runs.
Due to expected weather, the Spartans will be traveling to Mount Aloysius this Saturday, March 30 to play the Mounties. D'Youville will serve as the home team with game one of the doubleheader to begin at 1:00pm.