BASE: Reno’s bat helps salvage game two in rivalry weekend


Kirsten Peters

Junior Brandon Reno hit a home run in his first at-bat of the third game in the series against King’s, batting .545 with a hit-by-pitch and four RBIs on the weekend.

WILKES-BARRE/WILKES-BARRE TWP., Pa. — This weekend, the Colonels were only able to snag one victory against King’s, losing the series 2-1. 

In the first contest against King’s, the Monarchs claimed victory on their home diamond, 9-3. For Wilkes, senior Brady Wing and junior Matthew Reinert stood out on offense, going 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively. 

“It seemed as if we were low on energy in the nine-inning game, and as a result, we gave that game away,” said designated-hitter junior Brandon Reno, who led Wilkes’ offense going 6-11 with a hit-by-pitch and four RBIs for the series. 

On Saturday, the Colonels split the doubleheader, winning the first game 7-5 and falling in the second game 12-3. 

Reno’s stout effort at the plate allowed him to go 5-for-7 in the two games combined, demonstrating his ability to  do what a designated-hitter is expected to do – deliver at the plate. 

“We were able to recharge and come right at King’s in the first game of the doubleheader,” said Reno. “We took advantage of mistakes and capitalized on them to win. We’re not satisfied with the weekend, but we should be proud of the way we battled as a team.”

On the mound, senior pitcher Noah Durnin earned his third win of the season, keeping the Monarchs to six hits and four runs in 5.2 innings. 

“This past weekend didn’t go how we wanted it to go, but throughout the season we are always competing,” said Durnin. “We can’t lose that drive in the upcoming weeks. I still believe we can make a run for playoffs.”

Prior to the King’s series, Wilkes defeated Immaculata in a 19-7 contest on Tuesday. The 19 runs were a season-high for the Colonels and the most runs scored for Wilkes since scoring 23 runs back in 2015. 

After falling to King’s, the Colonels will wait until Thursday to compete in their series with Delaware Valley. Game one will be played at Artillery Park at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and the doubleheader will be away in Doylestown, Pa. starting at noon on Friday.