Saturday, March 16

By Brendan Loiacono

Sinclair survives Parkland to earn the victory Sinclair’s offense struck first when Centerfielder Jon Lowe tripled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and later scored on a groundball by Drew Williams to put the Pride out in front 1-0. Parkland struck back quick against Pride starter Tyler Sexton in the top of the second inning, scoring two runs and taking the lead. Two runs proved to be all the Parkland bats could muster against Sexton, as he quickly settled in and tossed four sold innings, giving up five hits and striking out six. Parkland’s runs were quickly answered when in the bottom half of the inning, Nick McGill launched a homerun to right field with one out to tie the game at two. Later in that same inning, with two away, AJ Kruzel scored when Jon Lowe reached on error, giving Sinclair the lead, which they held for the duration of the game. Scott Haag turned in a brilliant pitching performance in relief as he finished off the final three innings of the game.

Final score: Sinclair 3 Parkland 2

WP: Tyler Sexton 4IP 5H 2R 2ER 4BB 6K’s

SV: Scott Haag 3IP 3K’s

Offensive Leaders: Jon Lowe 1-2 R BB, Nick McGill 1-2 R HR RBI, AJ Kruzel 1-2 R, Austin Downing 2-3

Sinclair walks off with win against Bruins!

Freshman righty Zach Ryan toed the rubber for the Tartan Pride against Kellogg in the nightcap of Saturday’s games at Athletes in Action. Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the third inning when Kellogg scored a run on a sacrifice fly to deep right field. In the bottom half, Drew Williams singled to center with two outs to start things for the Pride. Williams then stole second and advanced to third on the following pitch which resulted in a passed ball. Austin Downing worked a walk to set up a first and third scoring opportunity for Matt Sullivan. The Tartans scored their first run of the game when Drew Williams scored from third on a passed ball during Sullivan’s at bat. Two pitches later Matt Sullivan stroked a two out double down the left field line scoring Austin Downing, giving the Pride a 2-1 advantage. In the top of the fifth Kellogg pushed across another run tying the score at 2-2. Sinclair responded quickly when Jon Lowe led off the bottom half of the fifth inning with a walk. Williams advanced Lowe to second with a successful sacrifice bunt. Then Lowe scored from second when sophomore Austin Downing sent a 1-0 pitch to centerfield for an RBI single. Matt Sullivan also singled, sending Downing to second base. The hit parade continued when Nathan Helke drove in Downing from second tallying the fourth run of the ballgame for the Pride offense. In the top of the sixth, Kellogg tied the game yet again with two more runs to put the score at 4-4.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Drew Williams doubled down the left field line to lead things off. Austin Downing sacrificed Williams to third and with one away, Kellogg intentionally walked Sullivan and Helke to load the bases for Lance Straley. Straley took advantage of his opportunity ripping a line drive single to the outfield for the walk off victory. Nathan Helke, who came into the game in the sixth inning with one away, earned the win for Sinclair.

Final Score: Sinclair 5 #18 Kellogg 4

WP: Nathan Helke 1 2/3 H 2BB’s 3K’s

Offensive Leaders- Drew Williams 2-3 2R 2B, Austin Downing 1-2 2R RBI BB, Matt Sullivan 2-3 2B RBI BB Lance Straley 1-3 RBI