Two Big Wins Bring Pride Back to .500

Last nights dramatic finish against Genesee would be matched by another outstanding game between the two programs. Pride started Austin Pressly struggled with control and allowed three earned runs in the 1st three innings. In those innings the Pride would score two runs with two out hits from Zach Stewart. In the 4th, Genesee would score on a two out error by shortstop Marrero. Pressly left the game and Jacob Campbell walked back to back hitters before getting a pop-up to end the inning. Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the 4th Steve Buglione led off with a walk. After a stolen base by Buglione, Robinson would strike out but a dropped 3rd strike would get him on base. Robinson then caught Genesee napping and took 2nd base. With two on, Byron Johann doubled down the line tying the game at 5. In the 5th Genesee shortstop John Polonious homered to rightfield putting Genesee back on top. On the day, Polonious 3-4 and a double away from the cycle. Calhoun came in for Campbell to get the Pride out of the 5th. Stewart led of the bottom half with a triple to right-center and then scored on a double by Corey Throckmorton. Still down by one heading into the bottom of the 6th, Brandon Napier led off with a single. Napier advanced on a wild pitch and then scored on a great two strike single by Clay Ragland to tie the game. The Pride bullpen would shut down the Cougars offense the rest of the game not allowing a run. Calhoun pitched a scoreless 6th & 7th and was lifted for Matt Addis with one out in the 8th. Addis closed the door and sent the game into the bottom of the 8th. Once again Napier started things off with a leadoff double. Ragland then popped up in the infield but the ball was misplayed and dropped. Tom McCowan failed to execute a sacrifice bunt and Napier was thrown out at 3rd. A passed ball allowed Ragland and McCowan to advance and then Justin Marrero hit a deep flyball single to win the game.

Final Score: Sinclair 8 Genesee 7 (In 8 innings)

Offensive Leaders: Zach Stewart 3-3 3B RS 2 RBIS IBB, Byron Johann 2-4 2 RBI's, Brandon Napier 2-4 2B.

The final game of the weekend brought a familiar face to the mound. Erik Lamka made his first start of the year after coming back from a minor injury. Erik was dominate striking out seven in four innings of work only allowing one unearned run. The pride were down one in the bottom of the 3rd when Zach Stewart had yet another two out RBI single. In the bottom half of the 4th Arthur Dockery got things going with a two out infield single. Dockery stole 2nd then was stealing 3rd when Clay Ragland hit a chopper in the infield. Ragland beat the throw at 1st and Dockery scored from second. Jeremiah Kerns relieved Lamka and pitched three scoreless innings to get the save. In the 6th Zach Stewart would finalize the scoring with a solo homerun, his first of the season. With the win Lamka improves to 8-2 overall at Sinclair.

Final Score: Sinclair 3 Ancilla 1

Offensive Leaders: Clay Ragland 2-3 RS SB RBI, Zach Stewart 2-3 HR 2RBI's.

The Pride will be back in action at home Tuesday taking on UC Clermont. Game time will be announced tomorrow. Freshmen Alex Kimsey will be making his Sinclair debut on the mound.

Steve Dintaman
Head Baseball Coach
Sinclair Community College