Rams sweep Glenville; extend streak to 19 wins
Shepherd extended its school-record winning streak to 19 games when it literally cruised past Glenville in a doubleheader sweep of Mountain East Conference games on April 2 at Fairfax Field.
In winning by scores of 12-5 and 16-2, the Rams improved their record to 22-2 and stood even taller above their conference rivals.
In the opener, the Rams had a 7-0 lead and over half their 11 hits after just two innings of play. Spencer Wolfe had clubbed a three-run homer and seven straight baserunners after two were out in the second made for a four-run inning.
Toward the end of the scoring deluge, both Matt Wilson and Tre Porter had solo homers to help the Rams get a dozen runs.
Wilson was credited with a 4-for-4 game and drove in three runs while Porter went 3-for-3. Wilson scored four runs and J.J. Sarty scored three times.
In the later innings, the Rams had two more multi-run rallies and used five hits and nine baserunners to plate their last five runs.
Sam Crater improved his record to 6-1 when he went the first five innings while allowing only four hits, two hit batsmen and a walk while fanning eight Pioneers. He turned a 12-2 lead over to Gabriel Castro, who yielded three earned runs in his one inning.
The 14-run win in the nightcap was much the same as the first game for the enterprising Rams.
Shepherd scored six runs in the first, had a five-run uprising in the second, plated another three runs in the third and completed its scoring with two more runs in the fourth.
Sam Driver pitched the first four innings to record his sixth win against no losses. Driver did permit seven hits but only walked one. Brody Heflin pitched the last innings and didn’t yield any runs in getting his second save of the season.
Designated hitter Daniel Heleine contributed five RBIs and home runs in his first two at-bats. He was 3-for-4 on his second-game afternoon. Dom Wyshinski, Spencer Wolfe and Porter all drove in three runs with Wyshinski going 3-for-4 and Wolfe going 2-for-2 and scoring three runs.
Wilson was on base four times, scored three times, drove in two runs and was 2-for-2. Sarty went 2-for-3.
Shepherd produced a telling 26 baserunners in its six offensive turns. It’s team batting average for the game was .500.
The Rams had scored 28 runs and ransacked Glenville pitching for 26 hits in the sweep of the two games.
Early-game scoring in both ends of the twinbill had made large leads and the strike-throwing efforts of its starting pitchers the standards of the baseball-weather day for Shepherd.