The Garrett College Baseball team scored 3 runs in the 5th inning and 3 more in the 6th inning to earn a split against previously ranked Frederick Community College on Thursday at the Diamond at the Lake. Frederick took game one 11-1 behind a dominant pitching performance by Brian Rourke. The Frederick right-hander allowed 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 7 Lakers. Offensively the Cougars used the long ball to do most of the scoring. Alex Melcher, Eric Dressler, Jett Manning and Brady Harju all homered. Tyler Ray had a solo homerun in the 1st inning for the Lakers only run.
In game two after a 2-run homerun by Cougars Nick Fuhrmann in the 2nd inning, Lakers designated hitter Tyler Dobie hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the inning. Frederick scored another run in the 3rd on a bases loaded walk by Alex Aristy. The Lakers took a 4-3 lead after the 5th when Sean Edison led the inning off with a single, Zarek Simkovich walked, after a fly out, Tyler Ray was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cody Hammond then came through with a two-run single and Tyler Dobie followed that up with an RBI single of his own. The lead was short lived however when Alex Aristy hit a solo homerun on the first pitch he saw in the 6th off of starter Jordon Beans to tie the game. After a strikeout the Cougars hit a double and a single to chase Beans out of the ballgame. Tyler Ray came on in relief and after walking Brayden Lackey, he struck out Maciah Thomas and then struck out Jett Manning looking on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat. The Lakers scored 3 more times in the 6th when Winn Allen led the inning off with a single, Sean Edison walked and pinch hitter Brady Reefer laid down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away by Cougars starter Doug Pearl to score Allen. Simkovich and Doug Pollock finished the scoring with RBI singles to give the Lakers a 7-4 lead heading into the 7th. Tyler Ritenour retired the Cougars in order to earn the save.
"This was a big win for us. Frederick has a great ball club. They have been ranked all year and lead our region. Rourke pitched a good ball game and didn't give us much that first game but we had some quality at bats against him that I think carried over into game two. Pearl shut us out last year 4-0 at Frederick and my guys didn't forget that. Again we had quality at bats, got deep in counts and had a couple of key hits that we have been missing the last two weeks", said Laker Head Coach Eric Hallenbeck. "We have a short turnaround time because we face College of Southern MD on Saturday at their place. We are trying, one to make the playoffs and two if we make it to put ourselves in good position when the seedings comes out after next week", added Hallenbeck.