DONALDSON – 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. It was the sophomore’s second victory of the year and snapped a four game losing streak.
“We had excellent pitching from Tyler Jackson,” said Ancilla skipper Joe Yonto. “We had solid defense all day, and Patrick Kinney, Jared Eller, and Brandon Dale sparked the offense. It was a well played baseball game from both teams – good pitching and defense.”
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Ancilla took the lead on an RBI single by Eller and a solo homerun by Dale. 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. 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 – 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.
“Both pitchers did a solid job,” said Yonto. “They capitalized on an error and we needed a timely hit we didn’t get. Josh had an excellent stretch without allowing any earned runs and he kept us around in this game. We just couldn’t land the knockout blow.”
The Chargers will resume play on Tuesday when they travel to Jackson, MI, to play MCCAA conference foe Jackson Community College. Opening pitch is at 2:00 p.m. EST.