With a chance at Regionals hanging in the balance, Penn Club Baseball played our third and final game against TCNJ. Unfortunately, the outcome would not be in our favor.
Things started poorly from the outset, as half of our team got lost on the way to the field and arrived mere minutes before start time. With no opportunity to warm up, starting pitcher, Doug “Slim Jim” Meyers, got off to a rough start, allowing four runs in the first inning. Already in a hole, things seemed grim for PCB. We remained persistent though, tying the game up after productive 2nd and 3rd innings. Another shaky start for Meyers in the 4th called for a pitching change. After settling in, Andrew Becker moderately calmed the TCNJ bats; however, with two outs in the bottom of the 7th, we were still down by two runs. Time to put on your rally caps, gentlemen.
Becker kept hope alive with a walk, and Matt Fink reached base on an error. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. With the tying run in scoring position, James Townsend came up big. Managing to work the count to 3-2, Townsend drove the ball down the right field line, scoring both runners. Suddenly, the game was tied (9-9), and it felt like PCB had all the momentum. It was not to be though. An error and some timely hits allowed TCNJ to take another two-run lead in extras, and the game would end with the score 11-9.
As always, we’d like to thank the families who came out to support us. Considering the extremely sloppy play from both sides, the loss was a tough one to swallow. PCB closes out its season this upcoming weekend with a 3-game series against Rider.