DAYTON — A couple of big middle innings and a two-run home lifted Elmhurst College to a 7-5 victory over the Wilmington College baseball team Sunday in a non-conference game at Dayton Christian High School.
Due to weather, the game was moved to DCHS and because of field conditions. The scheduled doubleheader also was changed to a single nine-inning game.
WC starting pitcher Luke Chappie, gave up two runs in the first then settled in and wouldn’t allow a run to cross for the next four innings.
Nick Silvis singled and later scored on an RBI-groundout from Moses Garza in the bottom of the first for WC. The bottom of the second looked to be a huge inning for the Quakers as the hosts battled around in the frame. A Bluejay throwing error plated two runs while an RBI-single from Gavin Perkins plating Joe Legin scored a third run. Wilmington settled for a 4-2 lead after two, however, as a strikeout left the bases loaded.
Chappie exited the game in the sixth and was replaced by Matt Oney Elmhurst tied the game at 4-4.
WC regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning utilizing a lead-off walk by Aaron Burns, who later scored on a steal attempt throw to second base.
The lead would not hold, however, as Oney surrendered a single, triple and home run by Jordan Scrimpsher gave Elmhurst a three-run inning for the final score of 7-5.
Caleb Scott had three hits for Wilmington.
The hosts featured the better starter as Chappie scattered five hits in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and two earned runs. Cameron Harbert was a bright spot for Wilmington’s bullpen, pitching the final 2.2 innings without allowing a run.
Wilmington (0-4) heads to Earlham College for a Quaker Bowl Rivalry Game Tuesday.