Penn Club Baseball was back at it this weekend, beginning our spring season with our first home series in two years against NYU. We entered Meiklejohn on Saturday undefeated and left Meiklejohn on Sunday undefeated.
In the first game, we struggled to hit the ball and produce runs, winning 4-2 in a pitcher’s duel. Good thing we had our old friend Grant “Put The Team On My Back” Saunders on the mound. Grant had 9 K’s and gave up just 3 hits in 5 solid innings of work. He also started a rally in the 5th, scoring the game’s first run. From there, we put up three more runs that inning and 6th. Stephen Chernekoff made up for his awful first two at-bats with a triple in the 6th. Michael Sale made his much awaited return from abroad to close out the game in the last two innings. After getting off to a slow start in the first game, our bats woke up in Game 2.
James “Big Stick” Emerick took the mound for the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. In a solid outing, Big Stick gave up only 3 runs in 4 innings of work before Daniel “Milk” Gromer closed the game out. At the plate, PCB found its groove, racking up 13 runs on our way to a 10-run rule victory. Cherney, who had 3 hits and a walk, was the game’s MVP, but we saw the day’s most skillful hit when Miller escaped a one-way ticket back to bench with a beautiful spin move. The NYU coach ran from their bench in pure disbelief and asked the ump, “Can this kid do that?!” Later in the game, Luke “Coot” Poethig added injury to insult as he hit a hard grounder that bounced up and split the first baseman’s lip open. It is safe to say that it wasn’t that guy’s day. Maybe the most exciting part of the game was when we reenacted the opening scene from Sandlot with a ‘Pickle!’ Thanks to Big Greg Hall’s masterful fake to second, we got out of a first-and-third jam.
After enjoying St. Patrick’s Day festivities, we got back at it on Sunday. We had a surprising amount of guys for the series concluding third game. Eric Windsor pitched a five-inning gem, giving up just four runs. He had a pretty good day at the plate as well with 2 hits and a walk. Miller and Cherney’s doubles led us to victory, and ‘Milk’ once again came in to close out the game. We won 10-4, giving us another series sweep.
–Thanks to all our fans for coming out and supporting us this weekend. We had one of our most consistent turnouts in recent memory. Shout outs to Hall, Rawlin, Luke, Emerick, and Sila’s families for making the trip to come see us. Also, special thanks to friends, girlfriends, frats, and supervisors for filling the seats (at least some of them).
–Penn Club Baseball is now 6-0 on the season and sitting atop our conference. Next week we travel to LaSalle and look to improve to 9-0 on The Road to Glory. Yesssssir!
– Bradford and Sale’s dugout entertainment on Saturday
– Great team turnout on all three days
– Gus neglecting to slide and running through shortstop
– The spin move
– Powery intentionally skipping Gromer in throwing it around the horn.
– Cherney’s 7-10 weekend
– Hall’s gigantic cup