WILMINGTON – The Wilmington College baseball team concluded the 2021 regular season with a pair of defeats to Heidelberg University Saturday at Tewksbury-Delaney Field, 14-1 and 14-11.
In game one, Heidelberg beat WC starter Luke Chappie, who drops to 3-5 with the loss.
Offensively, Wilmington finished with seven hits including two from both Tyler “Johnny” Shaneyfelt and Jesse Reliford.
In game two, Heidelberg blew the game wide open with a 10-run first inning that featured just four hits.
It would have been easy for Wilmington to just give up trailing by such a big deficit, but as coach Tony Vittorio said of the senior class in the ceremony prior to the twinbill – “One of our programs future goals would be to make these guys proud that they were the start of culture change of Wilmington baseball.”
Down 11-0, WC battled back with a three-run fourth inning fueled by a two-RBI triple from Jared Lammert. One inning later, the hosts batted around and more as seven different Quakers put up eight hits that scored six runs. Corbin Craft, Lammert, Joe Legin and Shaneyfelt all tallied RBI-hits in the inning to make it 11-9.
Wilmington, which trailed 11-0, had come all the way back to get the tying run on base in the fifth. A flyout ended the inning, however, and the visitors stretch their lead back to four (13-9) with a two-run sixth.
The Quakers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and scored a run as Caleb Scott walked with the bases loaded, but a fielder’s choice got the Student Princes out of the inning. Wilmington would plate a single unearned run in the eighth.
Baumann finished 3-for-6 with a run scored, but it was the bottom of the Wilmington lineup that did the most damage. Craft finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs scored and a walk while Lammert and Legin both had multi-hit games and drove in three runs each.
Wilmington finishes its 2021 regular season with an 11-27 overall record and a 10-24 OAC mark.