The Springfield College baseball team won its fifth straight game at Archie Allen Field on Thursday, defeating Dean 11-0. The Pride jumped out to a 10-0 lead after three innings, and used that to cruise to victory.
The Bats Surged…Again
David Wells led off the second inning with a single, then swiped second and third. Alex Denoyelle followed and struck out, but reached first on a dropped third strike. Wells scored in the process, giving Springfield a 1-0 lead.
Two batters later, Jack Cooney stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. The freshman rocketed a ball to the left center gap for a double, clearing the bases. Matt Fraioli added on with a sacrifice fly to finish a five run inning.
In the third inning, Springfield plated five more runs. With two runners in scoring position, Cooney delivered again with a two RBI single, his fourth and fifth RBI of the contest. Mark Joao, the next batter, singled past the shortstop to score Cooney. That hit marked the senior’s 100th career hit as a member of the Pride.
A couple batters later, David Wells added two RBI of his own with a single past the second baseman to give Springfield a commanding 10-0 lead.
The bats went quiet after that, not that Springfield needed any more runs. Just to be safe, Marcel Diaz drove in Springfield’s 11th run of the game with a RBI groundout in the seventh inning.
Pitching was dominant…Again
Springfield used a total of five pitchers in the game. Kyle Naples got the start, going five innings while allowing just one hit and striking out five. Jake Gleason, making his 2018 pitching debut, pitched a perfect sixth inning with two strikeouts. Noah Bleakley, Zach Kerr, and Kenny Walton combined to pitch the last three innings. They allowed just two hits and preserved the shutout.
This team is legit
With this win, Springfield ups its win total to 13. For perspective, the Pride finished with 15 wins in the entire 2017 season. The lineup is stacked from top to bottom, and the pitching rotation is solid. To have a 1-2 combination of Brian Johnson and Shawn Babineau then a backend of the Naples brothers is something opposing coaches dream of.
Who would’ve thought that the freshmen would perform this well? They are a talented bunch, but seem to show no learning curve with the transition from high school to college baseball. Bleakley had a five RBI game against Wheaton on Tuesday, and Cooney responds with a five RBI game of his own on Thursday. There is also Connor Santoianni, David Wells, and Jason Bean who are pulling their weight at the plate as well. Those three will probably have similar performances as well as the season progresses.
Combine all this with the senior leadership of Mark Joao and Pete Marsicano, and that makes a potent squad. Again, the Pride have yet to hit the bulk of its conference schedule, and still have to face powerhouses like Babson and MIT.
But for now, this team has definitely exceeded expectations.
Featured photo courtesy of Reef Rogers