Sussex Tech made the trip upstate to face off with an undefeated Salesianum baseball team in front of a great crowd at Frawley Stadium. The Ravens were losers of their last three games falling to Cape Henlopen, Delmar, and Indian River before Saturday afternoons game.
Salesianum scored first as they were able to score 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning. John Dunion highlighted the inning hitting a double scoring Campbell who drew a leadoff walk. Zach Czarnecki singled and scored on a passed ball. Dunion was eventually knocked in by a Quinn Bartkowski single. The Ravens looked as if their losing ways were going to continue, but it was still early in the game.
Sussex Tech did not stay down long. They cut into the lead in the very next inning, scoring two runs in the top of the second inning. They then tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the third inning as Johnathan Stokley led off the inning with a double scoring on a fielder’s choice.
In the top of the sixth inning the ravens broke the tie game wide open scoring five runs on four hits. Jaryn Sample and Landon Ruark led off the inning with back to back singles. Sean Ely reached as he was hit by a pitch and Kade Hall eventually drew a walk to load the bases.
With the bases loaded Freshman Rosnell Lewis knocked a 2-2 pitch through a drawn-in infield to right field. The hit scored Ruark, Ely,and Hall as the throw from right field got past the catcher allowing all 3 runs to score while Lewis moved up to third. Grant Allen singled on the second pitch he saw capping off the big sixth inning giving the Ravens an 8-3 lead.
Sallies answered right back in the top of the sixth. Brandon Baffone led the inning off with a single. Campbell followed with another single of his own. Dunion and Ryan Rzucidlo both reached on back to back errors by the Ravens that scored Baffone. Bartkowski added two more RBIs for the Sals, knocking in Campbell and Dunion with his second hit of the game bringing the lead down to 8-6.
Unfortunately for the Sals that they were not able to dig out of the five run sixth inning from the Ravens. Grant Allen who came in for relief for winning pitcher Zane Adams was able to shut down the Salesianum offense in the seventh to give Sussex Tech the 8-6 win.
Adams went five innings allowing three runs on five hits striking out three batters. Cory Sheridan took the loss for Salesianum. The hurler went five and a third innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and striking out seven.
Offensively Grant Allen and Ruark both went 3-4 from the plate to lead Sussex Tech in hits. Lewis led the ravens with 4 RBIs.
Campbell led the way for Salesianum going 3-4 and adding 2 runs. Bartkowski added 2 hits with 3RBIs
Sussex Tech’s next game is this Thursday as they play host to Caesar Rondey at 11 A.M.
Sallies will go on the road for their next game Tuesday as they make the trip to play Newark Charter at Leroy Hill with a noon start time.
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