Ship crams offense into 2 innings vs. Gettysburg
Shippensburg did all of its scoring in the first two innings, but the Greyhounds plated enough runs to defeat Gettysburg, 5-2, in baseball action Friday afternoon at Gettysburg.
The Hounds hung a three-spot in the top of the first with RBI singles from Matt Frick and Brandt Swartz and a run-scoring groundout by Teagan Staver.
Then, in the second, Ship struck for two more after Gettysburg starter Ethan Ketterman retired the first two hitters of the frame.
Cole Friese scored the first run of the inning when he hit a long fly ball to deep left field that was lost in the sun, and Friese circled the bases for an inside the park home run. After a walk and a stolen base by Zane Hershey, Frick's single plated Hershey for a 5-0 lead.
With his team's offense staking him to an advantage, Ship starter Nate Holt was mowing down the Gettysburg lineup as he retired the first nine hitters of the game.
Michael Tempel was the first Warrior to reach base when he singled just inside the right-field foul line to lead off the fourth, but Holt induced a double play ball to clear the bases.
Gettysburg (0-3) plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth when it took advantage of two Hound errors.
"We got a little flat in the middle innings, but luckily it didn't cost us," Ship coach Nate Rosenberry said. "Fortunately we started well and got enough runs to win the game."
Holt was finished after the fifth inning, but he earned the win on the strength of a three-hit performance. He didn't give up an earned run and notched three strikeouts without walking a batter.
"Nate was very good today," Rosenberry said. "He was efficient with his pitch count and hit his spots well."
Logan Carbaugh replaced Ketterman on the mound with two down in the top of the second and went the rest of the way, allowing three hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
"Ethan didn't throw bad, but our defense didn't do much to help him out," Gettysburg coach Ryan Brady said. "It's naturally going to weaken our defense when he pitches, because he's our shortstop. But he's a good pitcher, too. So we need him there, as well. Logan held them in check and gave us a chance."