By Steven Merritt
GETTYSBURG, P.A. – Five different players recorded two or more hits for the Vassar College Baseball team on Friday afternoon as the Brewers took game one of a three-game series against Gettysburg 16-4. Vassar improves to 7-5 overall while the Bullets fall to 9-5 on the season.
Vassar opened up the first inning with a 1-0 lead as sophomore Jaden Millstein drew a leadoff walk and was driven in on a RBI single from senior Ezra Caspi with one out. The Brewers extended its lead to four in the third inning as senior Andrew Kanellis blasted his fourth homer of the year to score Millstein followed by sophomore Ricardo Reyna driving in classmate Daniel Laderman with two outs to take a 4-0 lead.
Matthew Peipher put Gettysburg on the board in fourth with a two-out solo blast to cut the lead to 4-1. Vassar answered in the fifth as Reyna doubled to center to knock in Laderman for the second time along with junior Ty Murray’s infield single plating junior Reid Lapekas to push the lead to 6-1.
Both teams tallied a run in the sixth as senior Adam Talwalkar’s single through the left side scored Millstein with two outs while Jack Pistner’s infield single scored David Preziuso to post a 7-2 score after six.
Vassar exploded for nine runs in the top of the seventh as Murray had an RBI single, Millstein tripled home two runs, Kanellis tallied a RBI double and Laderman’s RBI double pushed the Brewers lead to 12-2. Talwalkar drove in another run on a single and later scored on a wild pitch. Freshman Jensen Bergman and sophomore Birch Herring-Jackson each knocked in a run on singles to push the lead to 16-2.
The Bullets tallied two runs in the eighth on a fielder’s choice following two walks and a single from Liam Gregory.
Senior Ryan Harris earned the win as he went five innings in his start and allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked six and struck out six. Sophomore Pat Kerrigan tossed two scoreless innings in relief and struck out six while classmate Jack Blau added two relief innings while allowing two hits, two runs, three walks and struck out three.
Connor Sikora took the loss for Gettysburg as he lasted 4.1 innings and gave up seven hits, five runs, three walks and struck out four. Tyler Hillson tossed 2.2 innings in relief as he allowed three hits, one run (zero earned), walked one and struck out three.
Reyna and Murray each tallied four hits and two RBI for the Brewers along with Kanellis, Laderman and Talwalkar each adding two hits. Kanellis drove in three runs while Talwalkar knocked in two and Millstein added four runs scored and two runs driven in. Emmanuel Ajewole and Gregory had two hits each for the Bullets while Peipher and Andrew Donlan each had a run driven in.