Offensive battle lifts Navy over The Shore
Caleb Walston helped the Hawks hang around with three innings of effective relief
April 12, 2017

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PRINCESS ANNE, MARYLAND -- The Hawks of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy combined for 30 base hits in their game Wednesday at Hawk Stadium, and it was Navy who made the hits count more, winning the battle 13-5 over the hosting Hawks.

Maryland Eastern Shore dropped to 7-24 on the season while Navy improved to 25-12.

The meat of the order for The Shore--senior Jordan Martin (Atlanta, Georgia), sophomore Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, Rhode Island), and junior Jamison Trower (Chesterfield, Virginia)--accounted for half the Hawks' hits with two apiece. Senior Justin Somerville (New Windsor, Maryland) also enjoyed a multi-hit game while picking up an RBI.

On the mound, freshmen Caleb Walston (Princess Anne, Maryland) and Andre Bell (Detroit, Michigan) each contributed solid efforts, with Walston surrendering just one unearned run over three innings and Bell pitching a scoreless ninth.


 

 

Navy had a pair of players register three hits on the day, including outfielder Logan Knowles who also tacked on three RBI's. Nicholas Elder got the victory after surrendering two hits over four innings.

The Mids jumped out to the lead and won in wire-to-wire fashion, tallying up six on the scoreboard before the Hawks could respond. Somerville's RBI single in the fifth got the Hawks on the board, and they would add another in the sixth when Rotondo scored on an error.

Navy would drive the score back up to 13-2, but the Hawks countered with an outstanding effort from players who mostly came off the bench to power home three more runs. Junior Grayson Trower (Chesterfield, Virginia) got his first hit of the season with an RBI single, and freshman Nathan Blackburn (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) knocked in a run with an opposite field single.

Despite the effort, Maryland Eastern Shore fell victim to a series sweep by Navy, who outscored the Hawks 30-10 in the home-and-home series.

The Hawks will look the right the ship in conference play as they head to Norfolk, Virginia for three games with the Spartans. There will be a single game at 3 p.m. Friday followed by a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.  

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