Baseball Plays Three In Arizona

March 23, 2014

The Middlebury baseball team is 0-3 through its first three games in Arizona on its annual spring break trip. The team played its season-opener on Saturday, March 22nd, falling by a score of 21-5 to Claremont. While the game was the first of the year for the Panthers, the Stags were playing their 24th of the season. Leading 7-2 after five innings, Claremont blew the game open with an 11-run sixth inning.

Middlebury struck for three runs in the seventh inning of the game, including an RBI single to left from John Luke. A SAC fly from Jason Lock and an RBI single to center from Joe MacDonald scored the three runs.

Max Araya went 3-3 in the game  with a double and two runs scored, while MacDonald was 3-5 with a pair of RBI. Alex Kelly went 2-5 in the contest as starter Eric Truss suffered the loss.

Valley City State struck for six in the first and three in the third on its way to a 12-2 win over the Panthers on Sunday. An RBI double to left by John Luke and a run-scoring single to right by Araya accounted for the two Panther runs. Matt Leach started on the mound and took the loss, while Kelly had a pair of hits.

In their second game on Sunday, the Panthers fell by a score of 12-6 to Oberlin. The Yeoman struck for eight runs in the first off starter Logan Mobley and never looked back. The Panthers rallied late with six runs in the final three including, four in the ninth.

An RBI triple down the right field line by Kelly in the seventh plated Mason Hinckley, while Araya drove in Luke with a double to right in the eighth. In the ninth, Luke plated a pair with a double down the left field line, while MacDonald singles to left to later drive in Luke.

Luke and Araya each went 3-5 with two RBI, while Kelly finished the game 3-5.