WVWC Baseball kicks off 2021-22 season dropping doubleheader to Findlay

WINTER HAVEN, FL — The West Virginia Wesleyan (0-2) baseball team (0-2) kicked off their 2021-22 season last Saturday, March 5 with a doubleheader against the Findlay Oilers (4-10). WVWC dropped both games, losing the first 11-3 and the second 4-2. These losses mark the beginning of a 12-game stretch for the Bobcats baseball team during their spring break trip to the Sunshine State. 

 In the first game of their doubleheader against Findlay, the Bobcats used timely hitting to get on the board first. After Geovani Sostre hit a hard liner to doubled up a pair of Bobcats, Adrian Delgado started a two-out rally by hitting a single up the middle. Devin Johnson followed suit, hitting a single of his own to the left side. After Johnson advanced to second on the throw, Noah Birthisel stepped up to the plate with runners on second and third and delivered a two rbi single to right to give the Bobcats an early 2-0 advantage.

 Walks and timely hitting plagued the Bobcats’ defense, as the Oilers plated four runs in consecutive innings to start the game. WVWC found themselves trailing 8-2 after just two innings. 

 Eli Brogan would make his first collegiate appearance after replacing starter Alec Tamburri in the second. Brogan retired six consecutive Oilers in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief in his collegiate debut.

 In the fourth, Leo White led the inning off with a single to left, Hunter Eplin followed him up with a double to left-center, but the Bobcats could not push any across in the inning.

 WVWC found themselves with a runner in scoring position in the fifth when Ingram reach third on an errant throw after a gorgeous bunt single. The Bobcats would take advantage after Sostre roped a double to left to score Ingram.

 Robbie Baker tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the 6th, but the Bobcats couldn’t come up with anything else and dropped the first game by a final score of 11-3.

 In their second game, WVWC got on the board first again after Ingram swiped second after his lead-off single, and two batters later crossed the plate on a Johnson double to right-field. The Oilers would score an unearned run off starting pitcher Anthony Napoleon in the second, but Napoleon would minimize the damage.

 The Bobcats got the bats going with two outs in the fourth as Nick Crowell singled to left. The Bobcats had runners on the corners after Leo White hit a single to the left-center but could scratch one across.

 The Oilers got to Napoleon in the fifth as they chased him out of the game and pushed three runs across to take a 4-1 lead. Napoleon was credited with the loss in game two, but the crafty lefty showed poise on the hill in his 4.1 innings of work. Luke White and Brad Miller stifled the Oiler offense the rest of the way, throwing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

 WVWC had the bases loaded with nobody out after Martin Radosevic single through the right side to start the inning. Corwell and Leo White both walked to fill up the base paths. After the Oiler reliever sent back-to-back Bobcats down on strikes, Dylan Poplin singled to the shortstop to push across the Orange & Blacks second run. The Bobcats threatened to score throughout the bottom of the seventh but did not score.

 Up next, the Bobcats baseball team is scheduled to take on Lewis in a single nine-inning game on Sunday, March 6. The first pitch is set to be tossed out at 10:15.


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