Penn Club Baseball entered our series with Rider this weekend knowing we had a job to do. Win 2 out of 3 games, and we clinch a spot in the NCBA DII District II Regional playoffs. PCB completed the job in historic fashion winning all three games and clinching the team’s first ever playoff berth. Here are the details of how we got things done:
Amazingly, PCB arrived at Rider’s field on Saturday morning an hour before game time––a feat we rarely accomplish. After practicing in the cage and taking fungos, we were ready to go. Despite our pregame preparation, PCB entered the 2nd inning down 1-0. Charlie “Shipleft” Boatwright woke up our offense with a long double, and Rawlin Rosario and Ryan Sila followed with hard-hit singles. After taking a 2-1 lead, we did not look back. Starting pitcher Eric “Oat Boy” Windsor knocked the rust off and pitched 6 scoreless innings. He pitched 7 strong innings, racking up 10 K’s and giving up just 4 earned runs. The offense backed Oat Boy with a huge six run 5th inning led by singles from Grant, Cherney, Sila, and Miller, and walks by Hall and Boat. Windsor finished off Rider’s lineup and closed out the game. 9-5 PCB, 1 for 1 on the day.
Like last week, the team enjoyed some between-game pizza courtesy of James “Big Stick” Emerick’s dad. This new tradition fueled us to a big win last week, so we had high hopes. Our offense and pitching remained hot in Game 2. Patrick (@PMillaDaThrilla) Miller started things off with a single, and eventually scored on a sac-fly from Grant. Although our hitters didn’t break out until the 6th inning, Emerick didn’t need many insurance runs. Emerick dealt once again, striking out four, walking one, and only allowing one run over 7 innings. Rider’s hitters had trouble figuring out the PCB’s ace lefty throughout the game. We rolled into the 6th inning with a 2-1 lead, and left it with an 8-2 advantage. Grant, Cherney, and Hall got on base, and Matt Gus provided 2 runs with a bloop single. Good vision at the plate put more runners on base, and PCB tacked on more runs. Up 9-1 heading into the bottom of the 7th inning, Emerick made it interesting but shut the door by getting Rider’s last batter to fly-out to rightfield. 9-2, game over, playoff spot clinched.
After being told all year long by Miller we couldn’t wear our hats backwards until the playoffs, we celebrated in proper fashion:
Bringing the best nine guys we could get to come, we returned to Rider on Sunday to finish off the series. Led by senior Daniel “Gromslice” Gromer, we were able to pull out the series sweep. Despite sloppy base running and fielding, we won 11-4. In standard Gromer fashion, he did a fantastic job throwing strikes and getting outs. Batters 1 through 9 helped Gromey out by reaching base and scoring via walks and hits. After Sunday’s win, we locked up a very successful 11-3 regular season.
Major props to Rider University and their club team. They provided a great atmosphere with music, PA announcers, and a strong group of fans. We really enjoyed playing another student-run team that was similar to ours.
–Cherney’s big weekend at the plate
–The team’s celebration back on campus
–Terrible 3rd base coaching
–The Team Picture’s popularity
–Miller’s green loogie
Information on the Regional Playoff location and schedule will be posted later today.
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