Baseball falls to Manchester in season finale

Danny Dopp

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College junior struck out nine Manchester batters and scattered six hits in a complete game performance, but the Quakers were unable to get any runs up on the board and dropped a 3-0 decision to the Spartans in game one of the team's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader on Sunday at Sadler Stadium.

Game two of the twinbill was cancelled due to lightning with the first Manchester batter at the plate in the fifth inning.

Manchester's game one win eliminated Earlham from contention for an HCAC tournament berth. The Quakers end the 2018 season with a 23-14 overall record, 7-10 in the HCAC.

Manchester (19-20, 9-8 HCAC) got a run on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, when Braxton Riley and Christian Smith opened the frame with back-to-back singles. Riley eventually crossed on Joe Gallatin's fly ball to right field, before a ground out and a strike out got the Quakers out of the inning.

The Spartans tacked on a second run in the seventh inning, when Alec Trzeciak laced a double down the righft field line, scoring Tyler LaFollette from second base. Manchester manufactured another run in the eighth when a LaFollette sac fly to center field plated Smith.

Danny Dopp and Brian Pincura each had two hits for the Quakers, who stranded seven baserunners during the game.

Six different Manchester players had one hit apiece in the win. Starter Stephen Pinarski logged 10 strikeouts and allowed just five hits in the complete game shutout.

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