Baseball;;splits series with Hilbert

The Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets hosted Hilbert College Hawks on Wednesday and lost the first and won the second.

The Jackets started with Ethan Erhard on the mound and the Hawks put Dylan Moorhouse who pitched a complete game for the Hawks. Erhard would pitch three innings with allowing one hit, two walks and two strikeouts and eventually would be replaced by Aiden Williams who pitched 2.1 innings and would tally the loss for the day.

The bats were quiet for most of the game but in the bottom of the third Senior Mike Bell would achieve his 100th career hit as a Yellow Jacket. 

“What you work for your whole life, you work to play baseball…100 hits is cool but there is still a lot of work left on the season,” said Bell. 

The Hawks would put the runs up first all in the top of sixth, one being from an error and two from a base hit from McAndrews to put them up 3-0. The Hawks would add another run the top of the seventh off a double from Duffek scoring Hendrix who got on from a walk. The Jackets would attempt a rally scoring off a single from Hunter Hamilton but could not get enough.The Jackets would fall 4-1.

In game two the Jackets would start with Zach Scibelli would gain the win for the Jackets and the Hawks had Spencer Harford on the mound who would tally the loss. 

The Jackets would score first in the bottom of the first starting with a double from Dalton Mount that would score off a single from Bell to get the Jackets up 1-0 early.

The bottom of the second had a similar story with Hamilton doubling to left and being scored in by a single from Todd Burner bringing the score 2-0.

The Hawks would respond in the top of the third with a single that would bring in the run from second making the score 2-1. No action till the bottom of the fifth when the Jackets would get bases loaded off of walks from Bell, Mamie and Williams which lead to yet another walk scoring the next run for the Jackets going up 3-1. Then Hamilton would head to the plate with bases loaded and rip a single into to left scoring two making the score 5-1.

The Hawks would not give up without a fight scoring two runs in from a single and fielders choice making the score 5-3.

The Jackets would top of the scoring with back-to-back doubles from Burner and Bell which would score Burner and eventually Bell would score of a single from Giraffa to make the final score 7-3.

Erhard mentioned how the team is very engaged to this season, especially before it started.

“The guys have worked hard all offseason, probably the hardest we’ve worked in years the motivation is just playing for ourselves and not worrying about the other team,” Erhard said. “We just have to keep our confidence into conference play and offense and pitching has to do their part.”

The Jackets are now 6-4 overall and will be home this Saturday to face their first conference opponent the Geneva Golden Tornadoes at home in a double header with the first game starting at 1 p.m.