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Saints Win Two, Advance to AEC Championship

Saints Win Two, Advance to AEC Championship

TOWNSHIP, Pa. - For the second season in a row, the Marymount baseball team will head to the Atlantic East championship game looking to reclaim their title from just a year ago.

Working through the losers' bracket on day two of the tournament, the Saints took down Gwynedd Mercy handily and then gutted out a win over Cabrini to advance to the third and final day of the tournament.

Game One

Notables

  • Senior Bryce Smith continued his strong presence at the plate in the tournament, going 3-for-5 with a double and knocking in four RBI.
  • Ryo Fabre stayed hot at the dish, knocking four hits in five at-bats. The freshman scored three times while knocking in a run.
  • Out of the ninth spot in the order, Jordan Dickson went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. 
  • Kenny Sysyn answered the call in the first game facing elimination of the day, pitching a complete game, allowing no earned runs, while striking out six. 

How It Happened

  • After Gwynedd Mercy hopped on the board first, the Saints answered in the very next frame. After Robby Cable was hit by a pitch with one away, Smith knocked a double down the right field line, scoring Cable all the way from first to tie the game up early. 
  • With Sysyn throwing a shutdown innning in the bottom of the third, Marymount grabbed their first lead of the day off the bat of Alex Lemery, who knocked an RBI single up the middle, scoring Fabre who singled earlier in the inning. 
  • The Griffins tied up the contest in the bottom frame of the fourth, but the Saints answered with five runs in the top of the fifth. The inning was highlighted with back-to-back RBI singles from Jimmy Baker and Fabre to give the Saints a solid lead. 
  • Marymount pushed across four runs in the very next inning, highlighted by a two-RBI single off the bat of Smith. 
  • That was all the scoring Sysyn needed to settle in and get into a groove, putting down the Griffins with ease to close out game one and give the Saints some solid momentum. 

Game Two

Notables

  • Smith was dominant at the plate again in the second game of the day, knocking two hits in three at-bats with two RBI. 
  • Chad Singleton was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. 
  • Dickson knocked three hits in five at-bats, driving in two RBI. 
  • Baker added two RBI on the day. 

How It Happened

  • Marymount put themselves on the board first in the game, with Cable driving an RBI double to right center, scoring Lemery who walked earlier in the frame. 
  • The Saints added another run to jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth via a Dickson RBI single through the right side, scoring Craid Sodano. 
  • After Cabrini used a three-run inning in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead, the Saints answered with a Baker RBI single to tie the contest back up. 
  • Marymount exploded for seven runs in the top of the sixth to take a commanding lead. Smith and Singleton each had two-RBI singles in the frame to give the Saints strong momentum heading into the latter part of the game. 
  • Cabrini loaded up the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, threatening to tie up, or even take, the game from the Saints. Coming in looking to grab the save, Brett Kelley retired three straignt Cavaliers, the final two via strikeouts, to send Marymount to the championship. 

What's Next

First pitch is set for 12:00 PM tomorrow, May. 13, where the Saints will face off with Immaculata in the championship. Marymount needs to win the first one to send the series into a winner-take-all affair.