By John Niswander
Elm Staff Writer
Baseball played a home and home against McDaniel last week, with the home school winning in each game. WC won the first game on home soil Tuesday by a score of 3-1. McDaniel avenged the loss when they hosted Friday night by a score of 13-6.
Junior pitcher P.J. Mikulus got the start in the first game against McDaniel this week. He faced 26 batters, eight of whom he struck out, which marked a career-best outing. In 6.2 innings pitched, Mikulus surrendered just four hits, two walks, and one run. He also recorded his first win of the season as a starting pitcher after beginning with a record of 0-2.
“It was great to get a big win that our team really needed. Wes Robertson and Sein Weiss did a great job coming in and finishing the game as well. Also, we got the timely hits that we needed,” he said.
Junior Wes Robertson stepped up to the plate in a big way for the Shoremen, both on the mound and in the batter’s box. Robertson finished with four hits, tying his career-high, as well as tallying the go ahead base hit.
“At this point in the season, every game is a must win, so today was a big one,” Robertson said.
On the mound, Robertson recorded the final out for the Shoremen by striking out McDaniel’s pinch hitter looking with a pitch over the outside corner of the plate. The save was Robertson’s second of the season.
“The injury I sustained this last month has been tough on me. Honestly, I was just happy to be back on the field and contributing to help the team in any way I can, whether that be with the bat or on the mound,” he said.
In the loss against McDaniel in the second game, junior Matt Tancredi extended his hitting streak to an impressive 15 games in a row with his 3-4 performance behind the plate. Robertson contributed behind the plate again. He recorded two runs batted in, and scored one of the Shoremen’s six runs as well.
“Hopefully we can continue to string together some wins and make a playoff push down the stretch,” Robertson said.
Looking ahead down the stretch, the Shoremen finish out their season with a game at nationally ranked John’s Hopkins and a double-header at home hosting the Ursinus Bears.
“We can still make a run at the playoffs, so we’ll need to work extremely hard and take the last few weeks of our season one pitch at a time,” Mikulus said.