CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Dickinson baseball team entered Saturday's regular-season finale holding their postseason fate in their hands knowing that a sweep booked the Red and White a spot in the Centennial Conference tournament. Unfortunately, for the Red Devils, the host Washington College Shoremen ruined those plans with a 6-0 win in game one, before Dickinson picked up a 15-3 victory in game two at Athey Park.
Game One - Washington 6, DEVILS 0
W - Joe Morrissey (7-2) | L - Ethan Hamilton (4-4)
Inside the Game
Both starting pitchers Ethan Hamilton for the Devils and Joe Morrissey of the Shoremen were dealing through the first two innings as the only baserunner was a two-out hit batter by Hamilton.
Washington finally broke through with four in the last of the third as three consecutive singles led to one coming home. A sac fly with one out led to the second run of the frame before an RBI double by Noah Iseman to score another followed immediately by a run-scoring hit for Joe Curtin. He would then be caught stealing to prevent any more damage. The Shoremen added two more in the fourth when CJ Gillmer began the frame with a two-bagger to left and then was driven in when Mike Bukowski blasted a two-run homer making it 6-0 through four.
The Red and White mounted a two-out threat in the ensuing inning, as Kaden Sigmon singled, Pat Harrington was safe on an error and Cole Benner was hit by a pitch to load the bags for Ryan Thompson. However, Morrissey got him to flyout to right retiring the side.
Morrissey continued working his way through the Dickinson offense over the final four innings as he allowed just three base-runners thanks to a double to Lukas Atsalis, single to Luke Jackson, and a walk to Sigmon. However, Dickinson was not able to mount any kind of rally allowing the Shoremen to earn the 6-0 win.
Game Two - DEVILS 15, Washington 3
W - Brian Riley (5-1) | L - Anthony Sofran (4-2)
Inside the Game
Dickinson was out of the gates first as Atsalis and Cole Hare traded doubles allowing one to score before Jackson provided an RBI knock through the right side for the 2-0 advantage. A double from Sigmon kept the train rolling to put two in scoring position for Chase Weller. Unfortunately, he grounded out to retire the side. Washington pulled one back during the home-half when Chris Baker knocked one over the right-field fence.
The Red and White added on in the second when Ian Beumee ledoff with a two-bagger, followed by an RBI double for Josh Heath. The next man up was Tyler Scaff who blasted a two-run homer to right for a 5-1 edge heading to the last of the frame. Riley surrendered a two-out double to Nick Miller but got Henry Butterfield III to strikeout ending any possible rally. Jay Nesson became the third pitcher of the contest for the Shoremen and he gave up a two-bagger to Atsalis and then uncorked a wild pitch letting him score for a 6-1 edge through four.
Riley cruised through six innings giving up six hits and one run. He gave way to Peyton Fox who had a brilliant bottom of the seventh striking out the side in order. The eighth belonged to the Devils as they scored nine times in the frame against two different pitchers. First, versus Trevor Frederick, Weller walked and Beumee was hit by a pitch to set the stage for an RBI double by Heath. After a free-pass to Scaff, Atsalis ripped one through the right side plating one. Ethan Osgood then entered the fray and fared no better surrendering RBI knocks to Hare and Sigmon to go along with a fielder's choice by Jackson and a sac fly from Weller to extend the advantage to 13-1 with two down. Beumee capped off a brilliant offensive inning for the Red and White with a two-run bomb pushing the margin to 15-1 going to the last of the eighth.
Jake Birnbaum replaced Fox on the hill and got a quick popout, before giving up a single and a hit batter to put two on for Logan Yi. He plated one with a double to right-center, followed by an RBI groundout for Kyle Avellino trimming it to 15-3. Birnbaum gave up nothing else as he got Aidan Sturtevant to swing through strike three for the last out.
Ryan Corbin began the top of the ninth for the Shoremen as he became their ninth pitcher of the game. He put together a very effective inning fanning two and getting a pop-up from Tom Gannaway to set up last call time for Washington. Beau Dana came into the contest for the Devils and gave up a leadoff single, prior to recording a strikeout and forcing Butterfield to hit into an inning and game-ending double play.