Jacob Wesselmann and Dalen Blair picked up wins Friday as the Charger baseball team swept Presentation at Bishop Mueller Field. The pitching duo combined to allow just five hits and four runs while striking out 22 batters.
“We had two extremely well pitched games today,” said head coach Corby McGlauflin. “Jake and Dalen were lights out today and the offense did just enough to get the sweep.”
Briar Cliff found themselves down 1-0 after the top half of the first inning. Lead-off man Jake Federico quickly tied up the score, blasting a home run over the left field fence on the first pitch of the at-bat. The Cliff added another run in the bottom of the second, but the Saints scored once in the top of the third to tie the game at 2-2.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third, Connor Lange doubled to right field scoring one run. Back-to-back sacrifice flys from from Dawson Forcella and Mike Anthony scored two more runs. BC tacked on another insurance run in the fourth courtesy of Federico’s second home run of the game.
Wesselmann takes the win for the Cliff, tossing a two run complete game while allowing just two hits and striking out nine. Federico and Prince led the Chargers bats with two hits and six Chargers recorded an RBI.
Blair took the mound for the Chargers in game two, and did not allow a baserunner through three innings highlighted by striking out three in the third inning. Cyler Melvin put the Cliff on the board first off a Harrison Jestel single.
The Cliff would add three more runs in the third, with Jestel driving in two more runs on a home run over the left field fence. The Saints scored a run in the fifth and the seventh inning, while BC added an insurance run in the sixth.
Blair allowed three hits, two runs, and struck out 13 in his seven innings on the mound. Jestel went 2-for-2, recorded three RBIs and reached base on a walk once. Jake Allen and Melvin also recorded one RBI.
Briar Cliff is now 13-2 on the season and will be back in action Saturday for another doubleheader against Prestentation at Bishop Mueller Field.