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Baseball Takes Two From Peddie

A six-run seventh inning propelled the Blue Storm baseball team to a 9-5 win over Peddie and a sweep of a Mid-Atlantic Prep League doubleheader played in Mercersburg on May 12.

In game one John Blanco '24 pitched five strong innings, striking out 10 and giving up just one unearned run while staking the Storm to a 5-1 lead. But the Falcons rallied in the sixth with Blanco out and tied the game at five. Augie Bennett '24 ripped an RBI single into the hole between third and short in the bottom of the sixth to drive home Arjun Patel '23 (who singled to lead off the inning) with what proved to be the game-winner in a 6-5 game one victory. Sam Menendez '25 came on to finish the sixth and also pitched the seventh to preserve the win. Bennett led Mercersburg with three hits and two RBI with Matt Archibald '23 also driving in two runs.

In between the two games, Mercersburg honored its graduating seniors in an on-field ceremony and then proceeded to take game two as well. This time, the Blue Storm got off to a quick start as Caleb Newcomer '23 tripled to lead off the game (in MAPL doubleheaders, the visiting team gets to bat last in game two) and scored on a groundout by Danny Adusei-Poku '23. The lead grew to 3-0 in the third, but Peddie scored twice in the third, once in the fourth, and once more in the sixth to carry a 5-3 lead into Mercersburg's final at bat. Adusei-Poku led off with a single, and the Blue Storm took advantage of several walks, some defensive mistakes, and some timely hits, including a two-run double to left by Adam Deavers '23, to pull ahead 9-5. Augie Bennett '23 came in to shut down the Falcons in the bottom of the seventh to seal it. Four Blue Storm batters (Newcomber, Adusei-Poku, Blanco, and Archibald) had two hits each to lead the game two offense and four pitchers (Patel, Felix Kreis '24, Menendez, and Bennett) combined on the mound.

Mercersburg has completed its regular season with a record of 12-7, 4-4 in the MAPL, and will await seedings and opponents for the PAISSA state baseball tournament. A likely date for the first playoff game is Friday, May 19.