Baseball splits doubleheader against Pitt Bradford

On Sunday afternoon, the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader versus Pitt Bradford at the Waynesburg Baseball & Softball Complex.  

Waynesburg took the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 6-3. Starting pitcher Gavin Pratt earned his first victory of the season. Pratt pitched five and two-third innings and recorded four strikeouts allowing two runs.  

Pitcher Alex Nicholson pitched the final inning and a third of relief and picked up the save.  

Right fielder Alec Engelmore had two hits and drove in two runs for the Yellow Jackets in game one.  

“It felt great to have the opportunity to drive in some runs especially when we started pulling away,” Engelmore said. “I believe our team took advantage of the opportunities given today, especially with runners in scoring position, and it is good that we are starting to put it all together right before our stretch of PAC games.” 

Engelmore credited the fans for their support and to some freshmen on the team as well.  

“The turnout for this year’s games is great and I know all the guy’s love playing in front of the fans,” Engelmore said. “Some of the freshman had huge games today like Hunter Mamie, Alex Nicholson, Alex Ashbery, and Ryan Opfer. It is nice to see those guys succeed and the team being successful”  

Also driving in runs for the Yellow Jackets in game one was catcher Seth Burgdolt who had two RBIs, and Garret Comer and Alex Ashbery who each had one RBI.  

In game two, the Yellow Jackets led 2-1 until the seventh inning, when Pitt Bradford put up six runs.  

Pitcher Ryan Opfer pitched a complete game with two strikeouts but allowed six of the seven runs in the seventh inning.  

Engelmore drove in another run, his third RBI among the two games. Ashbery also drove in another run, his second RBI of the afternoon.  

“To get two RBIs felt great. I am happy that I played a part in helping the team score, and it also boosted my confidence,” Ashbery said.  

Ashbery also added some positives from a team standpoint.  

“I think the pitchers did really well today executing their pitches,” Ashbery said. “I also think as a team we all performed our roles very well, like when Connor Hamrick laid down a bunt to put two runners in scoring position.” 

The win and the loss put Waynesburg’s overall record at 10-8. The team will travel to Altoona on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Penn State Altoona with game one starting at 1 p.m.