WC baseball goes 1-3 to start season

DAYTON — Wilmington College’s baseball team competed its non-league schedule Sunday with a doubleheader split with Otterbein at Day Air Ballpark.

WC lost the first game 14-1 then rallied for a 9-8 win in 10 innings in the nightcap. The Quakers lost both games to OU on Saturday at Day Air.

“We need to play better all the way around,” Wilmington head coach Tony Vittorio said. “Our players competed until the end, however.”

In the first game, the Quakers used five pitchers. Starter Ryan Townsend took the loss while the last two — Mac Davis and Jesse Reliford — both pitched a scoreless inning. Joel O’Brien had a sacrifice fly that scored Caleb Scott for the only WC run.

The Cardinals took a 6-1 lead in the second game before Wilmington mounted its comeback. O’Brien, Tyler Shaneyfelt and Scott had run-scoring hits and Reliford drove in a run in the sixth. Otterbein had two errors that led to runs and the Quakers were on top 7-6.

Otterbein tied the game in the eighth and took the lead 8-7 in the 10th. Reliford then followed in the bottom of the 10th with a bases loaded double to give Wilmington a 9-8 win.

Reliford was also the winning pitcher for the Quakers having pitched the top of the 10th inning. Reliford went 2-for-5 with four RBIs for Wilmington while six other Quakers each had a hit.

Wilmington (1-3) will open Ohio Athletic Conference play with Baldwin Wallace University this weekend.

On Saturday, Otterbein won both games 5-2 and 8-5 at Day Air, the home of the Dayton Dragons.

Clinton-Massie graduate Luke Chappie earned a no decision despite his quality start of two earned runs allowed in seven-plus innings to go along with five strikeouts. Lincoln Howard took the loss for Wilmington, walking the only batter he faced.

Reliford and Scott had the hits for Wilmington while Shaneyfelt, despite not getting a hit, reached base three times and scored both runs. Scott also had an RBI.

In game two, Wilmington scored a single run in each of the first three innings on RBI-singles from Scott, Evan Kelsey and Luke Kleindl. Later, trailing 7-3, Wilmington plated two runs, thanks to a sacrifice fly from Jacob Feltner and another RBI-single from Kelsey.

Aaron Boster took the loss in his first collegiate start, allowing one earned run in three innings pitched. Kaleb Stines pitched 3.1 innings in relief and allowed just two earned runs, but both Quaker hurlers were plagued with a combined nine walks.

Scott and Kleindl recorded multi-hit games for Wilmington.