Colonels keep baseball streak alive with sweep

Stephen Ruch, shown here against Eastern University, had a run-scoring double against Keuka.

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Kramer Photography

Stephen Ruch, shown here against Eastern University, had a run-scoring double against Keuka.

Brandon Gubitosa, Interim sports editor

The Colonels continued their winning streak to four games Thursday as they swept Keuka College in a double header at Artillery Park.

The team has won four of their last six and currently has an 8-6 record.

Wilkes got off to a fast start in the first game of the double header as they posted six runs in the first inning on their way to a 14-2 win.

The Colonels got a run on the board early when Stephen Ruch doubled to left field scoring Matthew Reese and advancing Tom Ring to third.

In the bottom of the second junior Dan Pisanchyn homered for the second time this season giving the Colonels a 7-0 lead. Junior second basemen Bobby Schappell RBI single in the third inning expanded their lead to 9-0. Schappell’s hit was one of 15 put up by the Colonels.

Junior pitcher Stephen Ruch picked up his first win of the season going five innings striking out seven batters, and surrendering only three hits.

In the bottom of the second junior Dan Pisanchyn homered for the second time this season giving the Colonels a 7-0 lead. Junior second basemen Bobby Schappell RBI single in the third inning expanded their lead to 9-0.

Schappell’s hit was one of 15 put up by the Colonels. Junior pitcher Stephen Ruch picked up his first win of the season going five innings striking out seven batters, and surrendering only three hits.

In the second game of a double header, the Colonels continued their dominance as they went on to beat Keuka College 11-6.

Freshman pitcher Johnny Jan Jr. picked up his first win of the season going two innings allowing three hits.

Pitchers Brandon Michael, Forrest Jordan and Tom Ring also pitched a combined five inning allowing a combined total of five hits.

After Justyn Shuck led off the game for Keuka College with a triple, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Burachalk the Colonels were down early 1-0.

In the bottom of the second inning Wilkes got on the scoreboard, thanks to an RBI double by sophomore Ryan Herbst scoring Marcus Leaf and advancing Bobby O’Keefe to third base.

Schappell then singled up the middle scoring O’Keefe and giving the Colonels a 2-1 lead. Wilkes quickly responded to Keuka scoring two runs in the third, as they put four on the board in the fourth.

Ring hit a sac fly to right that scored Reese. Ruch then doubled to left center scoring Schappell which was then followed by a Marino ground-rule double that scored Ruch.

Later in the inning a wild pitch allowed James Brown to safely slide in at home pushing the Colonels lead to 6-4.

Keuka’s Burachalk responded in the fifth with a solo homerun trimming Wilkes lead to one. The Colonels responded later in the fifth scoring three runs thanks to two bases loaded walks and a hit by pitch.

The Colonels then added two more runs boosting their lead to 11-6. One of those runs was provided from the bat of sophomore Ryan Herbst who hit a monster home run over the left center fence.

The score held up throughout the rest of the game and the Colonels went on to win 11-6.

The Colonels return to action April 1 at Artillery Park as they take on The University of Scranton Royals. They then face off at cross-town rival King’s College April 4.