AUBURNDALE, Florida – The Thomas College baseball fell in two games of a doubleheader to Crown (Minn.) on Saturday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park, 4-3 and 6-4.
Crown 4, Thomas 3
After a 1-2-3 first inning from Terrier pitcher Payton Kennison (Livermore, Maine / Cony), the Terriers put a run on the board in the bottom half of the inning on a Jordan Gibson (Marietta, Ga. / Pope) single, scoring Darren Kelly (Foxboro, Mass. / Foxborough).
The Storm answered back with two runs in the second and another in the fifth for a 3-1 lead.
Thomas began to rally in the bottom of the fifth as Derek LeBlanc (Madison, Maine / Madison) led off with a two-out single. Kelly hit a single to right field to move LeBlanc over. As the right fielder threw the ball in, a wild throw allowed LeBlanc to score. Andres Cabrera (Brooksville, Fla. / Hernando) followed up with an RBI single to score Kelly and tie the game at 3-3.
The tie game was short-lived as Crown pushed a run across in the sixth inning. The Terriers went down in order in the final inning to finish the scoring at 4-3.
Kelly finished 3-for-4 at the plate for Thomas scoring two runs while Gibson went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kennison threw six innings, allowing ten hits and four runs in the loss. Freshman Quinton Stebbins (Farmingdale, Maine / Hall-Dale) threw an inning in relief without giving up a hit.
Crown 6, Thomas 4
The Terriers opened the scoring in the top of the first as Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine / Monmouth) singled to score Cabrera. Gibson followed with a ground ball that got by the Storm's first baseman to bring in Grant Corbett (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester Memorial).
Crown cut the lead down to one as Dalton Wintersole knocked in a run with an RBI double of Terrier pitcher Taylor Bacon (Skowhegan, Maine / Skowhegan).
Jaicob Flores (Kingsville, Texas / Riviera-Kaufer) led off the second inning for the Terriers with a single to right field. After moving to third on two ground balls, Flores scored on a passed ball to push the lead to 3-1. Flores knocked in another insurance run in the top of the fourth with a single to left center.
Bacon kept the Crown offense quiet until the Storm rallied to push across five runs in the bottom of the fourth on five hits and an error to finish at 6-4.
The Terriers will face North Atlantic Conference opponent University of Maine at Farmington on Monday, March 27 in a doubleheader at Lake Myrtle Park.