Quakers end season with losses to No. 1 Marietta
Seven seniors cap careers
May 4, 2012
Shown, from left, are Wilmington seniors Andrew Snell, Austin Newman, Brett McEvoy, Brandon Compton, Jared Ramsey, Bruce Dunlap and Jake Hofer.
Wilmington College closed the 2012 season with a doubleheader loss to top-ranked Marietta College at Tewksbury-Delaney Field Friday afternoon.
The Pioneers won the opener, 11-0, and finished the sweep with a 12-5 win in the nightcap.
Wilmington ends the campaign at 3-15 in the OAC, 7-27 overall. Marietta wins the OAC regular-season title with a 16-2 record. The Pioneers are 32-5 overall.
“You hate to lose, but we lost to the best today,” Wilmington head coach Tony Haley said. “They are defending national champs, and you can see why. They pitch it, catch it and hit it. They just don’t make many mistakes.”
The opener was tight early, thanks to the solid starting pitching of Jared Ramsey (Fairborn). The senior limited Marietta to one earned run on three hits over the first four innings.
“Jared was lights-out. He did a nice job of spotting his pitches. It was hot and humid, and he just ran out of gas,” Haley said.
Marietta broke things open with four runs in the fifth inning and added four more in the sixth.
The Quakers managed four hits off Marietta ace Austin Blaski. Brandon Arehart (Wilmington) ripped his seventh double of the season.
Game two starter Hunter Justus (Circleville/Logan Elm) also kept the Pioneers in sight, allowing single runs in the first and third innings.
When Marietta starter Brian Gasser ran into control problems in the fourth inning, Wilmington pounced on the opportunity. Arehart led off with a single, and back-to-back walks loaded the bases. Brett McEvoy (Pickerington/Pickerington North) drove in a run with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt to cut the deficit to 2-1. Two more walks and a hit batter gave Wilmington a 4-2 lead heading into the fifth inning.
Marietta did not panic. The Pioneers instead put four runs on the board in the top of the fifth, and three more in the sixth. The eighth inning yielded three more runs and the Pioneers led, 12-4.
The final run of the day was delivered by a mammoth home run to left field by Austin Newman (Bethel/Bethel-Tate) in the home eighth.
The games ended the careers of seniors Brandon Compton (Troy), Bruce Dunlap (Circleville/Logan Elm), Jake Hofer (Monroe/Lemon-Monroe), McEvoy, Newman, Andrew Snell (Jamestown/Greeneview) and Ramsey.
“We are going to miss those guys,” Haley said. “Each one of them played big roles on this team. They came to practice every day and they came to play every day.”