The sophomore baseball team traveled to Rick Carpenter field on the Elkins campus to face the Knights on March 12 and came away with a convincing 10-3 victory. A thirteen hit attack allowed Kempner to open up a sizable lead in the middle innings on their way to a comfortable road win.
Nathan Jacobson started the game on the mound for the Cougs and gave up one run in the first inning, as the home team used a hit-by-pitch, stolen base and two wild pitches to get on the board first. But Kempner quickly evened things up in the top of the second behind singles from Colton Green and Brandon Phegley and an RBI groundout by Jace Curnan.
Jacobson quickly got the Cougar bats back up following an easy 1-2-3 inning, and the team responded with four runs. Max Lopez got things started with a fly ball to right field that was misplayed into a two-base hit (video, above), while Sean Torres followed with a four-pitch walk to put two men on with nobody out. Four consecutive one-out singles by Green, Luke Geach, Phegley and Curnan plated four runs, but some baserunning miscues stymied what could have been a huge inning as the Cougs had one runner thrown out on an attempted steal and another picked off first.
The Knights threatened in their half of the inning, getting runners to second and third with two outs, but Jacobson induced a harmless pop-up to second to end the inning and keep the Cougar lead at 5-1.
Lopez and Torres scored again in the fourth inning, upping the led to 7-1, and Kempner tacked on three more runs with a two-out rally featuring the bottom of the order in the fifth inning. Curnan, Christian Tapia (batting for Jacobson) and Kevin Herrera all reached and scored on RBI singles by Lopez and Torres.
Geach (photo, right) took over for Jacobson on the bump for the final three innings and held the Knights in check until they broke through for a couple of meaningless tallies in the bottom of the sixth to make the final score 10-3.
Jacobson was credited with the win, with both Cougar hurlers tossing three innings and each giving up just a single earned run. However, Geach was a tad more economical, needing just 36 pitches for his three frames, while Jacobson tallied 59 pitches.
Lopez led the hitting attack from the leadoff spot with a 3-for-4 ballgame, while Sean Torres – batting right behind Lopez in the lineup – also reached three times, including one base hit. Both of them also scored twice, as did Green (on a 2-for-4 day). Phegley also went 2-for-4, but failed to score.
Kempner will be back in action on April 15 when they travel to Dulles to face the Vikings, with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.