Lakers use sweep to reach 25-win plateau

Garrett takes 2 from Westmoreland; moves season-high 7 games over .500

Garrett College’s baseball team swept visiting Westmoreland County (PA) Community College, 9-2 and 7-1, on Monday afternoon as the Lakers reached the 25-win plateau.

“Twenty-five wins is nice – in most years that means you’re winning more than losing,” observed GC head coach Eric Hallenbeck.  “But we really don’t talk about that much.  We are more focused on our region and putting ourselves in a good position come playoff time

GC (25-18) exploited a two-out error to score 7 unearned, second-inning runs and build an 8-0 lead in the opener.  Peyton Carr and Tanner George (3-for-4, run, 2 RBI) each had RBI doubles and Colby Johnson slammed a 2-run homer during the second-inning uprising, which was greatly aided by 4 Westmoreland errors.

That was more than enough offensive support for winning pitcher Skylar Kanacsky, who spaced 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9 over 5 innings.  Coby Howatineck gave up 1 hit while blanking the Wolfpack over the final 2 frames.

“In Game 1, we took advantage of some miscues by Westmoreland,” noted Hallenbeck.  “”In Game 2, I was very pleased with how we executed offensively.  We were unselfish and gave ourselves up to move guys over.”

The Lakers’ 2-run third inning was a perfect example as Justin Fluhart executed a sacrifice bunt that moved runners to second and third, setting the stage for Brennan White (3 RBI) to deliver a 2-run single that snapped a 1-1 tie.  The Lakers broke the game open with a 4-run fourth.

White had a run-scoring sacrifice fly, Kyle Armistead added an RBI single, and Fluhart walked with the bases loaded as part of the 4-run fourth.

Baron Swiger (2 runs) was the only Laker with 2 hits in Game 2.

Bradie Moore, who didn’t allow a hit after the fourth inning, threw a 6-hit complete game with 6 strikeouts and just 1 walk to earn the win.

“Bradie was outstanding,” said Hallenbeck.  “He got ahead of hitters all day and we played good defense behind him.  Tim Hanible made some outstanding plays at second base to help Moore throw the complete game.”

The Lakers host Monroe College Wednesday, Scotland Prep Friday, and CCBC-Dundalk Saturday in doubleheaders before hosting Frederick Community College Sunday in a 1 p.m. single game.

Garrett 4, CCBC-Catonsville 3

Joey Perfette hit a 2-run homer and Colby Johnson (2-for-3) had a 2-run single during a 4-run fourth inning Saturday as the Lakers defeated conference-contending Catonsville in the first game of a Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader.

Michael Joyce (5-3) yielded 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 2/3 innings to notch the pitching victory.  Dylan McCartney earned his 4th save with 3 strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Catonsville was 17-9 overall and 14-3 in Maryland JuCo after splitting Saturday’s doubleheader.

CCBC-Catonsville 15, Garrett 6

Dwayne Thomas homered, doubled and drove in 4 runs as the Cardinals salvaged a split of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Orlando Perez, Jr. (home run, double, run, 3 RBI), Wyatt Moore (2 runs, RBI), and Tyler Shadle (run, RBI) also had 2 hits each for Catonsville.

Jason Skeen (5-1) yielded 8 hits and 4 walks, but only 3 earned runs, over 6 1/3 innings to earn the win for Catonsville.

Quintin Smith (homer, run, 2 RBI), Peyton Carr (double) and Nathaniel Darwin each had 2 hits for Garrett.

Losing pitcher Kelan Hoover (2-2) allowed 6 earned runs on 6 hits and 4 walks while pitching 4 1/3 innings.  The Laker defense committed 4 errors, leading to 7 unearned runs.

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