DONALDSON â€“ A return to form by Ancilla College pitcher Tyler Jackson helped the Chargers earn a split against MCCAA rivals Muskegon Community College on Saturday, winning 2-1 in Game 1 and losing 3-2 in Game 2.
Jackson pitched a complete game for Ancilla (8-17, 5-6 MCCAA), allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings.Â It was the sophomoreâ€™s second victory of the year and snapped a four game losing streak.
â€śWe had excellent pitching from Tyler Jackson,â€ť said Ancilla skipper Joe Yonto.Â â€śWe had solid defense all day, and Patrick Kinney, Jared Eller, and Brandon Dale sparked the offense.Â It was a well played baseball game from both teams â€“ good pitching and defense.â€ť
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Ancilla took the lead on an RBI single by Eller and a solo homerun by Dale.Â Kinney finished 3-for-3 on the day with a run.
In Game 2, freshman pitcher Josh Copp allowed his first earned runs of the season in a 3-2 loss.Â The freshman had gone 28 consecutive innings without surrendering an earned run until Muskegon (22-10, 6-4 MCCAA) got on the board in the top of the second inning to take the lead.
Copp lasted 6 1/3 innings on the day, allowing three runs â€“ two earned – on nine hits as his record fell to 3-1.
Dale and Evan Depew each picked up RBIs in the bottom of the fifth while Fletcher Goodman finished 2-for-2 with a run and a walk.
â€śBoth pitchers did a solid job,â€ť said Yonto.Â â€śThey capitalized on an error and we needed a timely hit we didnâ€™t get.Â Josh had an excellent stretch without allowing any earned runs and he kept us around in this game.Â We just couldnâ€™t land the knockout blow.â€ť
The Chargers will resume play on Tuesday when they travel to Jackson, MI, to play MCCAA conference foe Jackson Community College.Â Opening pitch is at 2:00 p.m. EST.