Baseball wins opener at LVC

Nathan Kessler (photo by Danny Castillo)
Nathan Kessler (photo by Danny Castillo)

ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Hood College baseball team outlasted Lebanon Valley 2-1 in 10 innings in the first game but the Dutchmen took game two of the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth doubleheader 5-1. 

Inside the Box Scores

  • Joe Kroeger had three hits in eight at-bats over the two contests. 
  • Trent Copenhaver, Dylan Beck and Nathan Kessler recorded two hits apiece. Beck doubled and Kessler stole a base and knocked in two runs. 
  • Nate Luscombe allowed just one run in eight innings in the first game, striking out seven in a no-decision. 
  • Des Grimes picked up the win in relief with two scoreless innings. 

Hood 2, Lebanon Valley 1 (10 innings)

  • A sacrifice fly by Kessler in the 10th drove in Andrew Wenner to break a 1-1 tie. 
  • The Dutchmen struck first when Josh Marcelli led off the bottom of the second with a home run for a 1-0 lead. 
  • Neither team scored again until the sixth when Hood tied the game. Kroeger singled and scored on an RBI double by Beck. 
  • Luscombe retired nine of the 10 batters he faced in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to keep the Blazers alive. 
  • Hood broke through in the 10th when Wenner led off with a bunt single and stole second. Copenhaver bunted him to third and a sacrifice fly by Kessler brought him home for a 2-1 lead. 
  • In the bottom of the inning, Grimes stranded the tying run on third to preserve the win. 
  • Beck went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. 
  • Luscombe scattered five hits and a walk in eight innings. 
  • Grimes picked up the win, striking out two and allowing two hits in two innings. 
  • Marcelli had two hits, including his homer, and a walk. 
  • Kyle Kingsbury went eight innings and allowed six hits and one run while striking out five. Bryce Eberly took the loss. 

Lebanon Valley 5, Hood 1

  • The Dutchmen scored three runs in the sixth to break the game open. 
  • Joey Wrabel gave LVC a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI single. A second runner was waved in but Beck's throw was relayed by Daniel Shepherd to Kroeger to cut him down at home. 
  • Hood tied the game in the top of the second. Copenhaver reached on a two-out single and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Kessler followed with a single, allowing Copenhaver to come home. 
  • LVC took the lead on an RBI double by Josh Herring in the fourth. 
  • Bryan Towers had an RBI triple to start the scoring in the decisive sixth inning for the Dutchmen. 
  • Towers and Herring had two hits apiece. 
  • Brenden Ward pitched a complete game for the win. He allowed an unearned run and struck out four. 
  • The Blazers used five pitchers. Brad Sawyer pitched the first two innings. Connor Henniges followed with two innings. Both pitchers allowed one run. Ryan D'Allesandro pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Jahlin Jean-Baptiste started the sixth and allowed three runs, one earned, in 0.1 innings. Chris Devine closed it out with a scoreless 0.2 innings. 

Up Next

The two teams wrap up the season series on Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. at Mount St. Mary's. 

Weekend changes
April 13, 2019 Weekend changes
Bats fuel victory at EMU
April 10, 2019 Bats fuel victory at EMU
Baseball falls to Wilson
April 1, 2019 Baseball falls to Wilson
Game at Messiah postponed
March 25, 2019 Game at Messiah postponed
Baseball opener canceled
February 21, 2019 Baseball opener canceled