Courtesy of Williams Sports Information
WATERVILLE, Maine – Kellen Hatheway hit two home runs and totaled five RBIs to lead Williams to an 11-3 victory over Bates in Game 1 of the 2019 NESCAC Baseball Championship hosted by Colby College at Jack Coombs Field.
After two scoreless innings to start the game, Bates took a 1-0 lead. Jack Arend singled to center field, Christian Beal drove in Arend with a single of his own. The Bobcats were able to load the bases, but could not push any other runs across the plate in the inning.
In its half of the third inning, Eric Pappas and Tom Benz both got on base with singles to left center and right field, respectively. Hatheway drove them in with a three-run homer over the right-field fence to give the Ephs a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Ephs extended their lead. Philip Barnett doubled to left center as the second batter of the inning. Pappas delivered contact again with a single to center field, allowing Barnett to score and increase the Ephs' lead to 4-1.
Bates cut into the deficit in the top of the seventh, Antonio Jareno singled to right field to drive in Beal and Arend to bring the Bobcats within one, 4-3.
The Ephs answered in the bottom of the frame. Pappas started the inning with a single to right field. Benz added a double to left field to score Pappas and Hatheway hit his second home run of the game deep over the center field fence to push the lead to 7-3 in favor of Williams.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Ephs added another flurry of runs to the scoreboard to complete the victory. Mike Stamas reached base with a single to center field. Panstares followed with a single to right field, advancing Stamas to third. Barnett was walked to load the bases. With the bases full and no outs, Pappas delivered a single to left field, scoring Stamas. Benz followed suit with a single to center field which scored another run. Doug Schaffer walked to push the runners forward a base and scored the third run of the inning. David Driscoll's sac fly pushed the Ephs final run across home plate for the final score of 11-3.
David Lynch closed out the game for the Ephs, pitching the top of the ninth. He allowed a single, and a good defensive effort kept the Bobcats scoreless for their final at-bats.
Williams will face Middlebury in Game 5 at 9 a.m. on Sunday in an elimination game. The winner of Game 5 will move on to play Tufts in the championship series at 12:15 p.m.