Sunday's series finale versus Amherst will also be played at Amherst at 1:00 PM as the EPhs' home field is unplayable.
AMHERST, MA – The Williams College Baseball team traveled to Amherst today to take on the Mammoths in a doubleheader. The two games today are a part of a three-game series the Ephs have scheduled this weekend. Friday's game was moved to Sunday at 1:00pm due to inclement weather.
The Ephs fell in the first game 11-9, but earned a well fought 5-4 victory in the second.
In the first game, Amherst took a quick lead with nine runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior third baseman Nick Nardone put the Mammoths' first runson the board with a two-run double out to left field. The Mammoths extended the score to 4-0 with another left field double. This time the batter was the sophomore first baseman Robert Casey III. Casey III scored Amherst's fifth run after a single up the middle brought him home. The Mammoths continued to extend their lead when a single to right field brought the sophomore catcher in for another run. Amherst increased their score with another two runs to bring the cumulative to 8-0 after senior Harry Robertson knocked a single through the left side. Amherst's senior Ariel Kenny completed the first inning with the another single up the left side to bring the current score of the game to 9-0.
The Ephs brought in a fresh pitcher during the first inning to replace the sophomore Kyle Dean. Left handed Jack Bohen entered the game and pitched the remaining six innings for Williams. The change brought some calm to the game, with the second inning passing uneventfully.
Amherst returned in the bottom of the 3rd inning to extend their lead. Senior Ariel Kenny batted in another two runs with a double down the line to bring the score to a daunting 11-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, junior Kellen Hatheway put the Ephs on the board with a double to left field that brought first year Erik Mini home. Senior Adam Dulsky further closed the deficit with a single to third base that gave Hatheway the opening to give the Ephs their second run. Going into the fifth, the score sat at 11-2.
Dulsky and Hatheway's success in the fourth inning began an impressive comeback for the Ephs. Senior Jack Roberts got on the board at the beginning of the fifth as he batted in Tom Benz with a double down the left field line. Hatheway's return to bat marked further success for the Ephs. While he grounded out to the second basemen, his effort moved sophomore Mike Stamas to second base and brought Roberts home to make the score 11-4. Senior Doug Schaffer rounded out the inning with a fly ball that was dropped by Amherst's center fielder, which gave Stamas time to score a final run for the Ephs.
Moving into the sixth inning, the score stood at 5-11. The bottom and top of the sixth passed quickly with two groundouts and a shot to the second baseman for the Ephs, and two strike outs and a groundout for the Mammoths.
The seventh and final inning marked an exciting finish for the Ephs. Stamas' return to bat resulted in a double to left field that was missed on an error. The error cost the Mammoths another run, as Roberts brought the score to 6-11. Schaffer returned to the plate with two outs left in the inning and Hatheway and Stamas on base. His homer to right field batted both his teammates in and brought the score to a close 9-11. Unfortunately for the Ephs, the homer was followed by a walk and a double play to end the game with Amherst on top.
Eph head coach Bill Barrale spoke highly of junior pitcher Jack Bohen's efforts: "Jack gave up some runs at the beginning of the first but then fought back well to clean up for the rest of the game." After Bohen initially conceded three runs at the end of the first inning. He and his teammates held the Mammoths to only two more runs over the course of the remaining innings.
For the second weekend in a row first year hurlers George Carroll and Bryan Wooley teams up to earn the Ephs a split of the doubleheader. This time Wooley collected the win.
The first inning ended quickly for the Ephs. A caught stealing, a strike out, and ground out moved the game into the bottom of the first. Amherst earned two quick outs with a pop up to the first baseman, and a fly out to the center fielder respectively. However, once again, the Mammoths were the first to get on the board after a triple to right field batted in a prior walk and a double to left field. Right handed pitcher, and first year, George Carroll ended the first inning by handing the final batter a strike out.
Moving into the second, the Mammoths were up 2-0 on the Ephs. Two quick outs for the Ephs set the stage for Dulsky's solo homer to left center. His effort cut the deficit to 2-1. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for the Ephs, but a foul out ended their second inning. Solid field work by Williams handed the Mammoths three consecutive outs and ended the inning.
The top of the third ended disappointingly for the Ephs, with an attempt to steal home that was denied at home plate. The Mammoths extended their lead in the bottom of the third with Nardone's double down the line to make the score 3-1.
Williams entered the fourth and quickly notched two outs before Dulsky recorded the Ephs' second run of the game off a balk. Stamas kept the momentum going with a single up the right side which brought Erik Mini home. A fly out on the next batter ended the fourth inning for the Ephs with the score now tied at 3-3. Amherst's three groundouts mantained the tie moving into the fifth inning.
The following two innings passed without much action. Together, the Ephs and the Mammoths recorded five ground outs, three fly outs, and a strike out over the course of the fifth and sixth innings.
Stamas continued a strong performance for the day with a double to start the seventh inning. He advanced to third base off a bunt by Benz. Jack Roberts sacrificed a fly out to left field for Stamas to cross home and put the Ephs into their first lead of the day. Unwilling to concede for long, Amherst evened the score at 4-4 to end the inning.
Coming into the top of the eighth with the score tied, the Ephs had only two more at bats to pull out a victory. Schaffer got the ball rolling with a single up the middle. Dulsky got on base next via a fielders choice which put Schaffer out at second. First Year Frank Stola stepped in as Dulsky's pinch runner. He advanced to second on a ground out. Junior Alex Panstares stepped up to the plate with two outs and Stola on second. His double to left brought in Stola and clinched the victory for the Ephs, 5-4.
Amherst, and Williams kept each other scoreless for the remainder of the eighth, and throughout the ninth inning.
Coach Barrale was proud of his team's efforts today: "The second game was a must win for us. The team scratched and clawed their way back to a 1-1 record on the day."
The Ephs will play their third and final game of this series on Sunday at home. The action kicks off at 1:00 pm at Amherst.