Back-To-Back Blasts Lift Builders Over Lions 11-3

Back-To-Back Blasts Lift Builders Over Lions 11-3

FINAL SCORE: Apprentice School 11, Penn St. Brandywine 3

RECORDS: Apprentice School 14-10; Penn St. Brandywine 6-9

LOCATION: War Memorial Stadium/Hampton, VA

IN BRIEF: Back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning from Jacob Countiss and Collin Wilber helped propel the Builders to an 11-3 win over Penn St. Brandywine on Friday night.

HOW THEY SCORED

  • The guests from Media, PA broke the scoring barrier in the top of the second inning as Tom Osenbach opened being hit by a pitch and went to second on a single by Chris Kennan.  After a strikeout, Steve Trainor bounced a single over third base to score Osenbach and Kennan scored on the ensuing groundout from Nick Horan for a 2-0 Brandywine lead.
  • Apprentice School put up three runs in the bottom of the second inning as they took advantage of two errors.  Singles from Lee Rossi and Christian Burton put runners on the corners before Burton stole second and the throw got away allowing Rossi to score.  Wilber drew a walk and stole second before a Jordan Cowles grounder got through the second baseman allowing both runners to score.
  • In the fourth, the Lions scratched a run across as Osenbach singled and took second on a wild pitch before Trainor singled him in to tie the game at 3-all.
  • The bottom of the fourth saw the back-to-back home run shots from Countiss and Wilber put the hosts up 5-3.  Following a pair of groundouts Brock Harris singled and went to third on a Mark Labrador single.  Both runners scored as Ryan Hendrickson ripped a double down the left field line for a 7-3 lead.
  • Apprentice School put up another four-spot in the bottom of the sixth as Cowles walked and went to second on a Thomas Richardson single.  Both runners moved up on a groundout before Labrador singled to left which scored both runners.  Labrador took second on the throw home and scored as a Hendrickson single got by the shortstop to go up 10-3.  Hendrickson later scored on an error for an 11-3 lead and eventual win.

 BEHIND THE BOXSCORE

  • Five Builders had two or more hits topped by Labrador who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Harris, Hendrickson, Burton and Wilber all had two hits each while Hendrickson drove in three runs.
  • Mike Brumfield threw eight innings of five-hit ball to take his third win of the year.  James Anthony pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win.
  • Penn State Brandywine was topped by Trainor who was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.  Brian Pennock was the losing pitcher throwing six innings and allowing 13 hits, 11 runs, six earned runs with a pair of strikeouts.

FIRST USCAA RANKING

The first USCAA Coaches Poll was released on Friday afternoon and the Builders came in ranked eighth, while Penn State Brandywine was 13th.

NEXT UP

These teams will close out the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday scheduled for a 12 noon start at War Memorial Stadium.