Blank Central Maine 15-0
By The Beacon Sports Staff
Last Wednesday the SeaWolves baseball team traveled to Auburn to take on the Central Maine Mustangs in the Yankee Small College Conference Fall Invitational Championship.
The SeaWolves would only need 5 innings to dispose of the Mustangs. The championship match-up would mark the sixth time the Wolves would take to the diamond against the Central Maine team, it would also be the sixth win for the Wolves against CMCC capping off a fall season sweep.
The fall season for the Wolves has been a successful one as the SMCC squad compiled an
impressive 11-1 record. The invitational would also be the 30th win for coach Walsh against 6 loses.
The Wolves would score first in the bottom of the first on a bases loaded two-run double off of the bat of Jackson Bowlen. Alexander Miller would gain first base via a walk after Peter Stauber started off the game with a ground out to third. With one out and Miller on first, Joshua Paisley would be hit by a pitch sending him to first and Miller to second. Hayden, O’Donnell, the fourth SMCC batter of the inning would also be walked loading the bases for Bowlen.
Sophomore pitcher Nicholas Rinaldi would aid the SeaWolves cause in his second start of the season, pitching a one-hit complete game shutout. The right-hander collected the win, the second of his career. Mustang pitcher William Bean was taxed with the loss.
The scoring flood gates would open for the SeaWolves in the bottom of the third as the Wolves would take advantage of wild pitches and free bases courtesy of walks.
Colby Gunter opened the inning with a walk which was followed by Ernesto Mora’s single to center field. A CMCC wild pitch would advance Gunter and Mora to second and third leaving first open which Stauber would occupy via a wild pitch which also allowed Gunter to score and Mora to take third. With Mora on third, Stauber would steal second base further rattling the Mustang’s as Mora would score on a wild pitch and Stauber would take third. Miller would follow with another walk setting the stage for a Paisley three-run homer.
Paisley’s homer and SMCC’s scoring barrage chased Bean from the hill. After SMCC’s
O’Donnell and Bowlen flew out and stroke out the Wolves would tag two more runs on as
Gunter and Mora would collect RBIs with singles to left field. Cameren Cousins and Jayco Pena would gain base on an error and single setting up the RBI opportunities for Gunter and Mora. Cousins finished his day with three RBIs and a stand-up triple. Bowlen finished the outing with a 2-hit, 2-RBI game highlighted by a first-inning double. Alexander Miller would cross home plate three times, connecting for a triple, as Gunter would be perfect at the plate (2 for 2), adding a walk and a run. Head Coach Dave Walsh would state after the match-up, “We pulled out all the stops today, a
perfect way to go into the break. Rinaldi pitched his heart out and the offense showed why we can compete in any ballgame.”
The SeaWolves squad has scored 114 runs and tallied a .334 batting average with a .451 on- base average over the course of the 12 games they played this fall season. The Beacon would like to give a hearty shut-out to the SeaWolves baseball team for a game well over the course of the fall season. The Beacon looks forward to picking up our coverage of the
Wolves in the spring.