Baseball: Late Raider Rally Falls Short in Road Loss to Washington and Jefferson

Dwayne Sumler (Photo by Martin Santek Photography)
Dwayne Sumler (Photo by Martin Santek Photography)

WASHINGTON, Pa.--Mount Union's baseball team fell in a close contest to Washington and Jefferson 8-7 Wednesday at Rose Memorial Park.

Mount Union (20-14 overall) was led by Dwayne Sumler (Indianapolis, Ind. / Warren Central) who had three hits while Thomas Gallant (Pataskala / Watkins Memorial) batted in three runners in the contest to headline the Purple Raider offense.

Washington and Jefferson (27-10) struck first in the opening frame with an RBI single to take a 1-0 advantage. Later in the inning, a sacrifice fly doubled the lead to 2-0.

The Presidents added two runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth to make the score 7-0.

A sacrifice fly from Gallant in the sixth was deep enough to score Sumler from third to shrink the deficit to 7-1.

Washington and Jefferson got the run back with a home run in the seventh to lead 8-1.

An RBI groundout from Billy Goodall (Canfield / South Range) and an RBI single from Bryant Kennedy (Chagrin Falls) in the eighth narrowed the gap to 8-3.  

Mount Union plated four runs in the ninth sparked by a two-RBI double from Gallant but the rally stopped there as the Presidents took the 8-7 victory.  

Billy Keller (Medina / Highland) pitched 4.0 innings of work and struck out three batters and took the loss.

The Raiders return to Ohio Athletic Conference competition with a 1 p.m. twin bill against Muskingum on Saturday, May 4 in New Concord, Ohio.