Baseball Wins In Series Opener Against Palm Beach Atlantic

By: Kristen L. Wagner

The Spartans took care of business this past week in the series opener against the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish.

The final score was 12-1 with the Spartans coming out on top.

The Spartans are currently ranked first in the conference, and the game took place at Tampa’s home field.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Spartans were able to achieve five runs, sparked by Dan Sullivan’s single. Jamarcus Lyons later hit his third blast of the year, which extended the Spartans lead to 5-0.

Tampa got three more runs in the seventh to make the score 8-0. The Sailfish managed to score one run in the top half of the eighth. The Spartans solidified the win with four more runs led by Adam Hunt.

The next day, the Spartans were set for a double-header against the Sailfish. It was a clean sweep for the Spartans.

In the bottom of the first, E.J. Cumbo started Tampa’s game on a good note with a double to center, scoring Jordan Lala. Cumbo later advanced the game on a sacrifice fly from Dan Sullivan. In the bottom of the third, Drew Ehrhard ensured Nicholas Winkelmeyer’s position to right field. Next, Cumbo scored Lala on a single to center. Two batters later, J.D. Urso cashed in on a single to center that scored Cumbo, a great advancement for the Spartans in the game.

Jamarcus Lyons then brought home Sullivan to center. Luke Glancy capped off the Spartans’ big inning with a double to right-center field, scoring Urso and advancing Giovany Lorenzo to third, who then scored on a passed ball. 

In the top of the fourth, Palm Beach Atlantic finally got on the scoreboard with Sean Houck that scored Davis Blair. Later in the inning, Jeff Manto brought in Jiovel Lantigua on a single to center. In the bottom of the fifth, Cumbo sneakily walked with the bases loaded, scoring Winkelmeyer. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Lyons hit a towering home run to deep left field. Nate Housen reeled in Houck on an RBI groundout. Mikey Casaleggio then scored Manto with a double to right-center, allowing him to come around to score on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cumbo walked with the bases loaded for the second time in the game, scoring Winkelmeyer, once again. Parker Schlichte drove in Lala to the second baseman on the edge of the outfield grass. Urso then singled through the left side of the infield, driving in Ehrhard. Cumbo later scored on an error by the shortstop.

In the top of the ninth, Manto connected on a home run to right field.Dylan Tosto then hit a single to center field that led to Housen scoring. Casaleggio then scored on a fielder’s choice, hit by Matty Warren. Braden Forsyth closed out the final three innings of the game, earning his fourth save of the season.

The Spartans continued on a high note into the second game. In the bottom of the first, the Spartans picked up right where they left off by starting the scoring in game two with a Cumbo double, bringing in Lala.

Sullivan then hit one over the right field fence for a three-score homerun, scoring Cumbo and Lyons. Winkelmeyer then singled in Urso. In the bottom of the second, Urso ran a single to left center, scoring Cumbo.

Jose Cadenas then brought Lyons around with a single to center. In the bottom of the fifth, Macallister Jorgensen doubled down the right-field line, scoring Cadenas.

Winkelmeyer then scored on a difficult pitch, then Jorgensen scored on a passed ball later in the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Jorgensen scored on a passed ball, once again. 

In the bottom of the eighth, Adam Hunt scored on a difficult pitch. Winkelmeyer then hit an infield single to shortstop, scoring Urso. Ehrhard hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Cadenas. Braydon Nelson closed out the final two innings for the Spartans.

“It’s amazing to see all of the hard work pay off,” said Brian Daugherty, junior. “As a student athlete myself, with plenty of friends on the baseball team, it’s truly admirable. As a swimmer, I don’t really understand a ton of the logistics that go into baseball, but I know how much goes into sports in general. It’s a lot.”

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