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Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Bates on Final Day of Series

Johnny Stamatis '19
Johnny Stamatis '19

Lewiston, Maine - The Trinity College baseball team won, 7-3, in game two of a doubleheader with the Bates College Bobcats on Sunday after dropping a heartbreaker in extra innings in the day's first game, splitting a divisional doubleheader at Leahey Field on Sunday. Trinity moves to 15-4 overall and 4-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East while the Bobcats improve to 9-10 on the year and 3-3 in the division. The Bantams, who sit atop the NESCAC East, return to the diamond on Tuesday for a inter-divisional game at home versus Williams College. 

Bates pulled out a 7-6, extra inning win in game one thanks to a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth after Trinity had came back to tie things at 6-6 in the top of the seventh. With one out in a game originally schedule for seven innings, senior tri-captain Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) reached on an infield single that landed by second base. He stole second and advanced to third on a fly out to centerfield by sophomore Vincent Capone (Ambler, Pa.). With the Bantams down to their final strike, Stamatis scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at six.

After the Bobcats did not score in the bottom of the seventh, Miles Michaud (Madison, Conn.) worked around a one-out single in the eighth, striking out a pair of batters to end the inning. The Bobcats loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth but did not score. Stamatis singled with two outs in the top of the ninth and stole second base but was gunned down trying to steal third, ending the threat. 

In the bottom of the ninth, Antonio Jareno (Marietta, Ga.) doubled to right-center to lead things off. The Bantams intentionally walked Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) and brought in sophomore Justin Olson (Avon, Conn.) out of the bullpen. Jareno and Arend pulled off a double steal before Justin White (Whitesboro, N.Y.) lifted a fly ball to center, driving in Jareno to seal the win. 

Before winning in extra innings, Bates rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take a 6-5 lead. Jared Pantalony (Brooklyn, N.Y.) started the game for Bates and gave up three runs on four hits over two innings pitched. Stamatis doubled with two outs in the top of the first and Capone singled him home to put the Bantams up 1-0. The Bobcats answered in the bottom of the first when Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) got hit by a pitch to begin the rally and Jareno followed with a single through the left side with Beal running on the pitch. Beal advanced to third and scored on an Arend infield single.

Trinity grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the second on a Geoff Stillman (Scituate, Mass.) two-RBI double, but the Bobcats got one back in the following half inning to make it a one-run ballgame.

Bates put up a pair of zeros before the Bantams scored twice in the fifth. With one away, Stamatis drew a walk. He stole second and advanced to third when the throw went into center field. Capone singled him home to extend the lead to 4-2. He stole second base and with two away, first-year Mike Guanci Jr. (Wakefield, Mass.) got hit by a pitch. Senior Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) followed with a double to score Capone. But the Bobcats caught Guanci in a rundown, eventually tagging him out between third and home to end the inning.

In the fifth, Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) singled to start the frame and Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) bunted him to second for the Bobcats. Beal reached on an infield single and with two away Arend singled home Carter. Beal advanced to third on the play and scored on a wild pitch, cutting the Bantam lead to 5-4. White followed with a single down the left field line to drive in Arend. White was thrown out at second on the play, ending the inning with the score tied at five. Bates took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an RBI-single off the bat Carter before Trinity tied it in the seventh with Stamatis' run.

Stamatis went 3-for-4 in game one with three runs scored, a double and walk. Capone went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Reinisch finished 2-3 with a run scored, a double, an RBI and a walk. 

Game two saw junior Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) homer to lead off the top of the first inning as the Bantams scored the first seven runs of the game, defeating the Bobcats 7-3. After Koperniak homered in the top of the first, he drove in another run with a two-out single in the top of the second. With two outs in the third, Trinity went ahead, 3-0. Reinisch reached on an infield single and sophomore Eric Thronson (McLean, Va.) doubled him home.

With two on and one out in the fourth, Guanci and Stamatis tallied back-to-back RBI singles before Capone singled in a run and Reinisch tripled in Capone to cap off the scoring. Bates scored twice in the fourth and once more in the sixth but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome. Trinity out-hit Bates 12-6 in game two as Koperniak, Guanci, Capone, Reinisch and sophomore Robbie Cronin (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) tallied two hits apiece. First-year Cameron Crowley (Downers Grove, Ill.) earned his third win of the season on the bump after tossing 3.1 innings of relief and allowing just one earned run. Olson came on for the final 1.2 innings and allowed just one hit.