By John Niswander
The Washington College baseball team swept the visiting Gettysburg Bullets for the first time in seven years last Sunday afternoon in a doubleheader played at Athey Baseball Park.
The two wins were also the first two conference wins for the Shoremen this season.
“Conference play hasn’t started the way we would have liked. We have still got a lot of games left to be in the mix come the end of the season,” said senior pitcher PJ Mikilus.
First year Head Coach Cory Beddick, a former player for Gettysburg College, knows firsthand how competitive and tough the conference can be.
“The Centennial Conference in baseball is extremely competitive and every team is capable of beating any other on any given day. It comes down to who executes better and gets the job done when it matters,” he said.
In the first game of the doubleheader, WC took an early 1-0 lead. A run scored by senior Ryan Donnelly gave the Shoremen a lead they would never relinquish, en route to an 8-3 victory.
“As a team, our overall goal is to win the Centennial Conference. In order to do this, we play one pitch at a time, one game at a time, in order to make the conference playoffs and give us a chance to compete for our overall goal,” sophomore catcher Ryan Zwier said.
The Shoremen added three runs in the bottom of the third and sixth innings, and one more in the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore outfielder Chris Kramedas finished batting 3-4 from the plate, and scored two runs. Donnelly added two runs as well.
On the mound, starting junior pitcher Nick Roberti earned the win to improve to 2-0 this season.
“I felt amazing, we all came out ready to work and I was ready to do my part for the team. I was always confident that we would get it done and I am proud that we did,” he said.
Roberti pitched seven innings, surrendered only six hits, one earned run, and one walk, while striking out three batters.
“Our team is much better than our record reflects and I was happy to be the guy on the mound today to play a part in proving that today for our first conference win. Top to bottom, that was a team win. Our defense was outstanding,” he said.
In the second game, senior Evan Hirschbaum became just the sixth player in WC history to register 150 career hits after going 2-3 from the plate.
Sophomore pitcher Matt Furlong earned the win to improve to 3-0 on the season after pitching five innings and surrendering one run and one earned run.
Senior pitcher Nick Popolizio came in relief and pitched three scoreless innings to help WC preserve the lead and win 12-5.
“If we continue to get excellent pitching, timely hitting, and unselfish play, I am confident we will be able to make some noise in the conference this season,” Beddick said.