Big offense leads to Dwight defeat


CONNER DEMPSAY secured the win on the mound Friday, as he pitched three innings. Dempsay finished with two strikeouts, one walk and four earned runs off five hits. Photo by Brent Sumner.
By: 
Brent Sumner
Staff Writer

    Wilmington’s varsity baseball team put a hurt on Dwight Friday, and that might even be an understatement.
    The Wildcats compiled 24 hits in their game against the Trojans, as they picked up a five-inning win with a dominating 27-4 victory.
    At the start of the game, it looked like it would go in Dwight’s favor, as they jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first.
    Wilmington would answer back though in the bottom of the frame with seven runs, causing a pitching  change from the Trojans.
    From there, the rest of the game belonged to the Wildcats. They continued to hit whatever pitcher the opposition threw at them, tallying three runs in the second, 10 in the third and seven more in the fourth. Dwight wound up throwing a different pitcher each inning, but that didn’t stop the Wildcats.
    By then, there was no chance the opposition was going to catch up, as the Wildcats secured the dominating win to improve to 3-0 on the season.
    Almost every player on the roster had a hand in the offense, as Josh Jones and Jeff Cortese also registered their first home runs of the season.
    Six players went perfect from the plate, including Brock Bolser (4-for-4), Andrew Gramlich (1-for-1), Mark Youngquist (3-for-3), Will Van Duyne (3-for-3), Cortese (2-for-2) and Keith Lamaster (2-for-2).
    In fact, throughout the contest Wilmington had only three strikeouts against a Dwight pitcher. They registered the 24 hits and were walked 10 times. They also added two stolen bases from Will Hainline and Bolser.
    Conner Dempsay picked up the win on the mound for Wilmington, pitching three innings.
    He fanned two batters, walked one, and gave up four earned runs off five hits.
    Josh Jones closed out the final two innings, surrendering just one hit and striking out two.
Wilmington 2,
Bishop McNamara 0

    The Wildcats picked up a convincing win last Wednesday as a pitching dual resulted in Wilmington earning their second win of the season.
    Dillon Tjelle threw lights-out on the evening, surrendering just four hits over his 6.1 innings of work. He walked only one and struck out seven batters to pick up the win.
    Josh Jones closed out the game with a strong performance as well. He came in with two outs left, and quickly tallied the two strikeouts to close the game down.
    The eventual game winning lead came in the bottom of the first inning, with Bolser picking up a single to get on base. That was followed by a center-field tag from Youngquist, sending Bolser in for the score.
    Conner Dempsay added the insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, as RJ Van Duyne picked up an RBI, reaching base on an error.