Photo: Greg Carroccio/ Sideline Photos
The Goldey-Beacom College baseball team opened up their season on Tuesday with a two-game sweep of the Chestnut Hill College Griffins. In game one, the Lightning won an 8-7 thriller over the Griffins, and in the second game, they won by a score of 3-1.
Game One Stats (8-7 win Vs Chestnut)
The RBIs in the game came from sophomore catcher Marshall Awtry (2), senior infielder Justin Hill (2), and sophomore second baseman Connor Megginson (1).
Eight Lightning players had runs in the win which they were Awtry (2), Hill (1), Megginson (1), sophomore shortstop Mason Maxwell (1), junior outfielder Jeff Gillis (1), freshman first baseman Garrett Musey (1), and junior centerfielder Trent Hearn (1).
The Goldey-Beacom hitters gained nine hits in the win, which were Awtry (2), Megginson (2), Hearn (2), Hill (1), Musey (1), and junior outfielder Bryan Bell (1).
Freshman outfielder Richard Bordone and Hearn each stole a base in the win.
On the pitching side, junior pitcher Jake Heskett started kind of shaky but found a rhythm as the game went on, as he went six innings, six hits, four runs, four earned runs, two walks, and seven strikeouts.
Freshman pitcher Luke Taylor relieved Heskett in the seventh inning, as he went one inning, three hits, three runs, and three earned runs.
Junior pitcher Trevor Jump would close the game out as he went two innings, one hit, two walks, three strikeouts, and earned the win.
Game one recap
Heskett gives up three runs in the first
The game definitely did not start the way the Lightning or pitcher Jake Heskett wanted, as the Griffins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
The first run scored by Chestnut Hill came from a throwing error by shortstop Mason Maxwell which allowed Ameir Uzzell to score from third base.
Things got worse after that as Corbin Dunnuck hit a single up the middle, which would score his teammate Sam Barletta to give the Griffins a 2-0 lead. On the next play, Dunnuck would steal second base.
The last score of the inning for Chestnut Hill would come from Anthony Coombs, who would hit a single, which would score his teammate Dunnuck to give their team a 3-0 lead.
Goldey-Beacom finally gets on the board in the third inning
The bottom of the third inning would start with Jeff Gillis earning a walk to first base, and he then would advance to second base on a wild pitch.
Senior first baseman Cole Collins would also earn a walk which Trent Hearn bunted to get his teammates over to the next bases.
Connor Megginson would be the next batter up with the bases loaded, but he would ground out into a double play. Megginson’s double play would still produce a run as Gillis scored to cut the lead to 3-1.
Lightning take the lead in the sixth inning
Goldey’s pitcher Jake Heskett settled down after the first inning as the next four innings, he did not allow a run, but in the sixth inning, those pesky Griffins managed to get a run past him.
Chestnut Hill’s lone run in the top of the sixth came when Patrick Meenan would hit a double to left field, which would score his teammate Ameir Uzzell to give their team a 4-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Lightning would get to work as the team scored five runs to take a 6-4 lead.
The first two runs of the inning came when Marshall Awtry hit a single to left field, which scored his teammates Connor Megginson and Trent Hearn to cut the lead to 4-3.
Justin Hill would bat the next run in as he hit a double, which allowed Mason Maxwell to score to tie the game up at four.
The final two runs of the inning for Goldey-Beacom would come from the Griffins’ mistakes as Hill would score on a throwing error, and Awtry scored on a wild pitch to give their team a 6-4 lead.
Chestnut Hill scores three runs in the eighth
Heskett’s night would end after the sixth inning as he went six innings, six hits, four runs, four earned runs, two walks, and seven strikeouts.
Luke Taylor would come in for Heskett, and he would do alright in the seventh inning but was roughed up by the Griffins hitters in the eighth.
Andrew Dietz would get the Chestnut Hill scoring going in the eighth as he hit a single up the middle, which would score his teammate Ameir Uzzell to cut the lead to 6-5.
The Griffins’ next score came from a single by Patrick Meenan, which allowed Sam Barletta to score to tie the game at six.
The last score of the inning for Chestnut Hill came when R.J. Huth walked, which would score Dietz to give their team a 7-6 lead.
In the middle of the eighth inning, Goldey-Beacom’s Taylor would be replaced by Trevor Jump.
The Lightning would tie it up in the bottom of the eighth as Justin Hill flied out to left field, but Marshall Awtry would score.
Goldey-Beacom wins in the ninth
Trevor Jump would sit down the Chestnut Hill hitters in order in the top of the ninth, and now it was up to the offense to get Goldey that late-inning win.
The bottom of the ninth started with Garrett Musey hitting a single up the middle of the field. Musey then would advance to second on a wild pitch.
The next Lightning batter, Trent Hearn would reach on a fielder’s choice, which would advance Musey to third base. Hearn would steal second on the next play.
Connor Megginson would end this game as he hit a single to right field, which would score his teammate Musey to give Goldey-Beacom an 8-7 win!
Now lets talk about game two.
Lets get into the full game: click below for the full recap.