Game 1 Box Score – #1 Farmingdale State 4 – #4 USMMA 1
Game 2 Box Score – #4 USMMA 9 – #3 Mount St. Mary 8
WATCH: Junior Jesse Reinebold's go-ahead 3-run triple (then he scored on an error) in Game 2
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (May 4, 2018) – The #4 seed U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team lost its opening game of the double-elimination Skyline Championship Tournament, 4-1, to top-seeded host Farmingdale State on Friday afternoon, but earned a huge 9-8 comeback victory over #3 Mount St. Mary in the night cap to stay alive in the tourney. With the split, the Mariners' record moves to 26-13, Farmingdale (24-12) moves on to play #2 seed St. Joseph's-L.I. (23-14) on Saturday, and MSMC ends the season with a 22-12-1.
Game 1 Recap
The opener started as somewhat of a pitchers' duel early between the Rams' senior David Otero Jr., who only tossed two innings, and then junior Matthew Constantine and USMMA freshman Joe Raab (Edwardsburg, Mich.), as the pitchers got into trouble, but worked out of it and the game was scoreless through the first four innings.
Farmingdale broke through for three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the Mariners responded with one of their own in the next half-inning on an RBI single by junior Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.) that plated classmate Tyler Mowry (Peachtree City, Ga.). The Rams extended their lead back to three with another run in the bottom-half of the seventh, however, and then Constantine didn't allow a hit and faced the minimum through the final three innings to earn the victory.
Raab hurled all eight innings for the Mariners, suffering just his third loss of the season, as he drops to 7-3. He allowed four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. Merchant Marine had eight hits on the night, with Mowry collecting a team-best two of them (2-for-4, one run). Six other players had one hit apiece.
For Farmingdale, Otero Jr. tossed two innings and allowed only two hits with one K before giving way to Constantine, who threw the final seven innings, giving up one run on six hits with four strikeouts. Freshman Jake Jacobs had a big two-RBI single for the Rams in the fifth and he finished the game 2-for-4.
FSC will move on to face #2 seed St. Joseph's-L.I. at noon on Saturday on the second day of the double elimination tournament, as the Golden Eagles defeated Mount St. Mary, 8-3, in their match-up, which set up the USMMA-MSMC contest in the first elimination game Friday evening.
Game 2 Recap
Junior Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) was the hero of the game for the Mariners in the nightcap, as he finished 3-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs. His triple came with USMMA trailing 8-5 with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh. He wound up coming across to score the go-ahead run on the same play after a costly Mount St. Mary error. WATCH THE PLAY HERE.
The second game did not start well for the Mariners, though, as the Knights exploded for five runs in the first inning. Merchant Marine got one back in the bottom of the first, however, after freshman Vincenzo Alteri (Watertown, N.Y.) tripled and senior Bryson Campbell (Cool, Calif.) knocked him in two batters later.
Merchant Marine tacked on three more runs in the fourth to come back to within just one, 5-4, after three consecutive at bats resulted in runs. Junior Reilly Cherry (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) knocked in Mowry with a single, senior Steve Lucy (Leawood, Kan.) hit a sacrifice fly that brought home freshman Alex Mesaros (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Reinebold singled in Winzer.
After a quite fifth inning, Mount St. Mary extended its lead to 8-4 by scoring three times in the top of the sixth. Alteri cut that down to 8-5 after an RBI double plated Reinebold in the next half-inning. After a 1-2-3 seventh by freshman Andrew Hunt (Severna Park, Md.), the Mariners went ahead in the bottom half on Reinebold's bases-loaded knock that scored Mesaros, Winzer and freshman Davis Holley (Hoover, Ala.), as well as himself after the error.
Hunt allowed just two more base-runners in the final two innings, including one that reached on an error in the top of the ninth and then was sacrificed over to second, but was left stranded there as the tying run after a strikeout and a fly out ended the game.
Hunt earned the victory, as he moves to 4-0 on the season. He tossed four shutout innings, giving up just the one hit in the eighth while striking out two. Fellow freshman Quinton Heck (Massillon, Ohio) came in in relief in to begin the second inning after a rough start by senior Justus Martin (Eaton, Colo.) in the first, and Heck cruised through four innings before getting into trouble in the sixth. Heck finished with four innings pitched, three runs allowed (two earned) on four hits with four Ks.
Like Reinebold, Alteri was 3-for-5 from the dish, as he produced a triple, a double and a bunt single on the night.
For the Knights, sophomore John Santana suffered the loss after hurling 6.2 innings and giving up nine runs (just five earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts. Classmate Alexander Maher tossed 1.1 shutout innings of relief with one K. Senior Chris Introcaso led Mount St. Mary at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Mariners will move on to the second day of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday and will face the loser of the #1 Farmingdale State-#2 St. Joseph's-L.I. game. That FSC-SJC game is scheduled for 12-noon. USMMA is scheduled to take on the loser of that game in another elimination contest beginning at 3 p.m. Live Stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Baseball Schedule Page.
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