The MVCC Baseball Team completed their annual spring training trip to the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach South Carolina during the week of March 13th. The Hawks finished the trip with a 4-3 record. Here is a game by game summary:
MVCC 13, Bunker Hill CC 0, MVCC hit a school record 5 homeruns in one game to start the season, two coming off of the bat of South Korean born Tony Oh. Johann Doerrer got the win with Josh Duncan pitching the final three outs in a game shortened to five innings by the ten run rule. Collin Neer, Ben Ziarko and Reid Johnson all homered as well for the Hawks.
MVCC 5, Illinois Valley CC 1 (8innings), Mike Alesandro pitched 6 solid innings before Illinois Valley was able to tie the game at 1 in the bottom of the 7th. MVCC responded with four runs in the top of the 8th powered by a leadoff homerun from sophomore catcher Blake Altizer. Quinn MacDonald picked up the win in relief.
MVCC 3, Delaware Tech 5, Delaware Tech (NJCAA D-II) scored two unearned runs as errors doomed the Hawks in a close game played at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans stadium. MVCC starting pitcher Chris Hillman had a solid outing while John Hardy did well in relief.
MVCC 1, Chesapeake College 11 (NJCAA D-I) The Hawks defense struggled as Chesapeake blew open a 1-0 game by plating 6 runs in the 4th. defensive miscues and unearned runs spoiled a solid start by freshman Tyler Depaepe. Diobel Rodriguez homered in the loss.
MVCC 1, Northampton 6, With the game tied 0-0 in the 5th inning Northampton scored 6 runs on only one hit. The Hawks once again hurt themselves in the field with 3 costly errors.
MVCC 5, Danville CC 4, MVCC got back in the winners column in walk off fashion as the Hawks rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to defeat Danville CC of Virginia. Shane McConnell delivered a two out-two run single to lead the Hawks to victory. Billy Witzigman, John Hardy and Quinn MacDonald combined to scatter 8 hits and 3 runs. MacDonald picked up his second win of the week in relief.
MVCC 9, Bunker Hill CC 1, Johann Doerrer and Matt Upson combined on a two hitter surrendering no earned runs as MVCC completed their southern trip with a convincing victory. After a 1-2-3 top of the first MVCC plated four runs in the bottom half of the frame led by 2 RBI singles from Shane McConnell and Reid Johnson. 2 runs in the fourth and 3 in the sixth sealed the win as the Hawks finished on the plus side of the win-loss column on this year's southern swing. A very good accomplishment coming out of the friendly confines of the Jorgensen Center Field House.
Adam Chmielewski was the leading hitter on the week for the Hawks going 11 for 22 at the plate with 4 RBI's. The Hawks pitching staff ended the week with a 2.82 Earned Run Average surrendering only 16 walks against 44 strikeouts.