Doyle continues hitting ways as Rams win twice
SHEPHERDSTOWN – Brenton Doyle has at least one hit in all nine of Shepherd’s baseball games, and after going 4-for-4 in a 17-4 win over Tiffin, his batting average is .486. Doyle was the hit leader in the last of the three games Shepherd played in Baltimore against the Ohio-based Dragons. He had plenty of company as Justin Smith went 3-for-6, Jared Carr 2-for-3, Christian Hamel 2-for-3, Eddie Nottingham 2-for-4 and Daniel Keer 2-for-4.
Doyle also scored four runs, had two RBIs, was on base five times and stole three bases, as the Rams improved their record to 2-7 after winning two of the three games moved from Fairfax Field to Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore.
Shepherd scored two times in the opening inning, saw the Dragons score a run and plated the game’s next 13 runs to lead 15-1.
Mitchell Wilson got his first win of the season with 6.2 innings of work. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs, before being replaced by Eric O’Brien (1.1 innings, one hit and three strikeouts) and Mike Collins (one inning and one hit).
In the first game between the teams, Shepherd rallied to take a 7-6 decision in eight innings. It was the Rams’ first win after three losses at UNC Pembroke and another three losses at USC Aiken.
Tiffin had just four hits. Shepherd’s Trenton Burgreen (.125 batting average) had a three-run homer. Hamel, Carr and Brian McCourt all had two hits for the Rams. Dalton Stewart clubbed a solo homer.
Joe Rindone, the third of Shepherd’s four pitchers went four innings without yielding a hit. He walked four and fanned four.
Shepherd plated the winning run, when McCourt’s RBI single scored Carr in the bottom of the eighth.
Tiffin, playing its first series of the season, bounced back in the nightcap of last Friday’s doubleheader, to post a 5-2 win and get a split.
Shepherd had only five hits and committed four errors in falling. The game was even at 2-2 going to the top of the seventh, when the Dragons plated three runs off losing pitcher Tyler Shorter (now 0-2).
Starting pitcher Adam Miller worked five innings, allowed six hits and only one earned run, didn’t walk a batter and fanned nine. Doyle was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.
After nine games, Carr follows Doyle with a .424 average, and then comes Smith at .353, Hamel at .323 and Nottingham at .318.