MOOSIC — Misericordia rallied from a three-run, ninth-inning deficit to beat Franklin & Marshall 7-5 and stay alive at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Baseball Regional Championships Thursday afternoon at PNC Field.
Misericordia improves to 37-10 and will square off against against Alvernia at 10 a.m. today. Franklin & Marshall concludes its season with a record of 23-21. If Misericordia defeats Alvernia, it will play again today at 7:45 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.
Down 5-2 in the top of the final frame, the Cougars used a five-run rally to decide what would eventually be the final score.
With the bases loaded, Chris Boroch ripped a single through the left side of Franklin & Marshall’s infield to bring the Cougars within 5-3. Kyle Lindsay followed with a single punched just inside the foul line down in rightfield that score two more.
Andrew Tressa’s walk kept the bases loaded with no outs before Steve Sulcoski and Kenny Durling each connected for run-scoring singles that gave the Cougars the lead for good.
Franklin & Marshall threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but Cory Vogeli struck out three Diplomat batters in the inning for the save.
The Cougars had the lead early in the first when Lindsay lined the first pitch of the game to center field for a single and moved to second on Tressa’s single. After a double-steal, Durling beat a bouncer down the third base line that scored Lindsay.
The Diplomats tied it in the bottom of the second when Kevin Shields blooped a single over shortstop and moved to second on Avery Attinson’s walk. After a fielder’s choice, Brian Erb walked to load the bases and Shields scored on Michael Smeriglio’s fielder’s choice. The Diplomats added runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before Misericordia’s decisive ninth.
Lindsay had three hits and a pair of RBI to lead the Cougars and Durling added two hits and three RBI. Vogeli came on in relief and earned the win after scattering six hits and striking out five.
H.S. BOYS LACROSSE Dallas 18, North Pocono 1
In the first round of the District 2 playoffs Dallas ousted North Pocono behind five-goal outbursts from both Cory Metz and Aaron Kliamovich.
Omar Nijmeh and Logan Brace each added a pair of scores for the Mountaineers while Matt Ross, Jesse Goode, Connor Martinez and Kyle Piskorick also scored.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Four in a row for Wilkes’ Nolt
Melanie Nolt earned her fourth straight Freedom Conference Player of the Year award and fourth consecutive All-Freedom First Team selection after finishing her senior season at 17-2, including an undefeated mark of 6-0 in conference play. Nolt finishes her time at Wilkes with a record of 60-15, her 60 wins in singles play ranking second all-time in Colonel history.
Joining Nolt on the First Team were Ally Kristofco and Katie Lynn, while Anastasia English was elected to the second team.
Kristofco went 20-2 at No. 2 singles play to cement her second consecutive First Team selection. Kristofco is now just seven wins away from recording the most in team history. Lynn went 19-5 this past season, mostly at No. 3 singles, while also going 6-0 in conference play.
King’s Griffin named top rookie
King’s Madeline Griffin earned Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year honors as well as a second-team all-conference selection, joining teammates Sara Lynn, Emily Biffen and Nicole Molino in post-season distinction.
Griffin made her mark in conference play this past season, going 5-1 and No. 2 singles and teaming with Lynn at No. 1 doubles for a 4-2 mark in the league.
Lynn played her way on to the first team after going 4-2 in league play at No. 1 singles. Biffen and Molino were each Honorable Mention selections.
MEN’S TENNIS Colonels’ Wilson, Kranz honored
Wilkes’ Steven Wilson was awared the Freedom Conference’s Player of the Year and teammate Michael Kranz earned top newcomer status as the Rookie of the Year, joining teammates Alex, Mapos, Max Appello, Connor Peckham and Brendon Blachowski as All Freedeom Conference selections.
Wilson, least season’s Rookie of the Year and a First Team selection this season, went 14-9 at No. 1 singles play, going a perfect 5-0 in league play. Wilson is now the second player in program history to win the Player of the Year.
Makos joins Wilson on the First Team after posting a 15-10 mark at No. 2 singles. He teamed with Wilson at No. 1 doubles, the duo going 21-9.
Kranz went 20-8 at No. 3 singles and sported a 5-0 conference record to solidify his Rookie of the Yeah selection.
Appello, playing at No. 4 singles, led the Colonles with a 24-2 mark, making it to the Second Team, along with Peckham, who went 17-6, and Blachowski, who finished 19-6.
Four Monarchs named All-Freedom
Tony Bevevino and Jake Rohring have been named to the Freedom Conference first team while Bobby Buttafogo made it to the second team and Chris DiMino was named an honorable mention.
Bevevino stepped in to No. 1 singles this season for the Monarchs and finished 13-6 with a 5-1 mark in conference play. Rohring went perfect in conference play and teamed with Bevevino at No. 1 doubles, going 4-1 in league play and 12-7 overall.
Buttafogo finished 9-5 overall and was a key contributor in doubles play, much like DiMino. DiMino finished 15-7 overall, most at No. 4 singles.