DONALDSON – The Ancilla College baseball team split a doubleheader with defending MCCAA champions Kellogg Community College on Thursday, losing 5-1 in Game 1 and winning 2-1 in Game 2 at Charger Field.
Brice Kline took the loss in Game 1, pitching six solid innings and allowing just two earned runs on seven hits.
Brandon Dale finished 2-for-3 at the plate, knocking in Ancilla’s only run after an Evan Depew triple put the Chargers (5-12, 2-2 MCCAA) in scoring position in the sixth inning.
Kyle Nolen claimed the win for Kellogg (8-12, 3-1 MCCAA).
“We had good pitching,” said Ancilla skipper Joe Yonto. “We turned some key double plays to keep us in the game but couldn’t generate the timely hit.”
Ancilla rebounded in Game 2, scoring on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim their second conference victory of the year.
Patrick Kinney went the distance on the mound, striking out eight over seven innings for his first victory of the year. The freshman scattered eight hits and five walks, allowing just one Kellogg runner to cross the plate.
Dustin Kreft finished 2-for-3 with an RBI while Josh Copp added an RBI of his own in the winning effort.
“This team has continued to battle against some of the toughest teams in the country and have played with them and have beaten them,” said Yonto. “This is what we expect to do. Beating Kellogg was a good, solid win for us and it is always good to get a conference win. These are good, hard working young men, and they earned this ‘W’ today.”
The Chargers will resume play on Saturday when they host MCCAA Conference foe Mott Community College. Opening pitch is at 1:00 p.m. EST.